President Zuma visits Mandela in hospital

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's former President and global icon Nelson Mandela received Christmas Day visits in hospital by his wife Graca Machel, other family members and President Jacob Zuma.

The ailing liberation hero is being treated for a lung infection at an undisclosed Pretoria hospital.  

He was admitted three weeks ago, marking his longest stay in hospital since his release from prison in 1990.

"We found him in good spirits. He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward. He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making," said President Zuma.

He thanked the public for the good wishes and prayers since Mandela was admitted to hospital.

"The Mandela family truly appreciates all the support they are receiving from the public. That is what keeps them going at this difficult time," he added.

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has also wished Mandela a speedy recovery in its Christmas message on Monday.

"We call on religious organisations and other social formations to include him and his family in their prayers. We thank South Africans for the support they have already shown the elderly statesman," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
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26 december 2012 08:04:07

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