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Listen Live Graphics (Indy) – Nelson Mandela remained in a “serious but stable” condition, officials said Saturday, as it emerged the former president’s ambulance had broken down on its way to the hospital.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that the vehicle was forced to stop as it took the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon to the hospital on June 8.

But Maharaj said that “no harm came to Madiba” as a result. Madiba is Mandela’s clan name and is used as a term of affection.

“We confirm the media reports that the military ambulance transporting Madiba had an engine problem on the 8th and that the doctors are satisfied that the former president suffered no harm during this period,” he said.