Mandela better after difficult few days – Jacob Zuma

2013-06-12 14:26

Former president Nelson Mandela’s condition improved this morning following “a difficult few days”, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Zuma prefaced his speech on the presidency’s budget vote in the National Assembly this afternoon with an update on the health of the ailing statesman, who has been in hospital since the early hours of Saturday morning with a recurring lung infection.

Zuma said: “We are happy with the progress (Mandela) is now making.”

He has been responding to treatment better since this morning, Zuma said.

He thanked the international community for their interest and said South Africa was proud of having Mandela as an icon.

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