Mandela ‘responding better’ to treatment


JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela is responding better to treatment after the “difficult last few days,” South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) on the frail anti-apartheid hero’s fifth day in hospital.

Mandela’s family said they were “deeply touched” by the outpouring of support since the 94-year-old was admitted to a private clinic in Pretoria on Saturday with a recurring lung infection.

“I am happy to report that Madiba is responding better to treatment from this morning,” Zuma told parliament, using the Mandela’s clan name.

“We are very happy with the progress that he is now making, following a difficult last few days.”


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