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Mandela's condition improving but remains in hospital

  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela has entered his 12th day in hospital, where he is receiving treatment for a lung infection.

    His family again visited him in hospital on Tuesday. Both his former wife Winnie and granddaughter Ndileka were seen at the Pretoria hospital.

    On Monday, Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini told journalists outside the hospital that he was "doing very well".

    According to the government, he has been in a "serious but stable" condition.

    This is the third time this year that Mandela, 94, has been admitted into hospital.

    Mandela was elected as South Africa's first Black president in 1994 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

    He stood down from his post in 1999 after serving one term.

    Mandela spent 27 years in jail for leading an anti-apartheid campaign.

    His lungs are said to have been damaged during the time he worked in a prison quarry.

    He has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.

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