“Mandela responding well” - President Zuma

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday delivered some positive news to a nation anxious about the well-being of world statesman Nelson Mandela who is in intensive care at a Pretoria hospital.

In an announcement in Parliament in Cape Town, President Zuma said he had been briefed by doctors earlier in the day, saying that the liberation hero was responding better to treatment “after a difficult last few days".

South Africa which has been bracing for the worst – it is his fourth hospitalization this year for a recurring lug infection – will draw strength from Zuma’s comments.

"We are very happy with the progress that he is now making. We urge South Africans and the international community to continue to keep President Mandela and the medical team in their thoughts and prayers," he said.

Parliamentarians stood up and cheered after the news was relayed.

On Tuesday, Mandela’s daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, South Africa’s current Ambassador to Argentina, arrived at the hospital, giving another indication of the seriousness of her father's condition.

There is a tight police presence at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela’s family members are at his side. Apart from Zenani, Mandela's other daughters, Makaziwe and Zindzi, as well as former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, visited him on Tuesday afternoon.

His current wife, Graca Machel, last week cancelled a trip to London to remain at his side.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 12June2013

12 june 2013 17:09:18




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