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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai critically ill in South Africa - party source

Morgan Tsvangirai, veteran leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). AFP PHOTO
Morgan Tsvangirai, veteran leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). AFP PHOTO 

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should “brace for the worst”, a party source with knowledge of his condition said on Tuesday.

Tsvangirai has been in and out of hospital since disclosing in June 2016 that he had colon cancer. He returned to a Johannesburg hospital for his latest round of treatment in early January

Family sources told local news outlets he is suffering from exhaustion, weight loss and muscle thinning.

Mr Tsvangirai became the symbol of resistance to long-time leader Robert Mugabe's ageing, repressive regime in the mid-2000s, leading the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

During his long political struggle against Mr Mugabe - who finally lost power in November last year - he has been badly beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

-Additional reporting done by BBC

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