Nelson Mandela responding to treatment, says Zuma

  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela is "responding better" to treatment in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

    Zuma told parliament he was pleased with Mandela’s progress following a "difficult few days".

    Mandela, 94, has now been in hospital for five days, suffering from a recurrent lung infection.

    This is the third time this year that he has been admitted into a 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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