Mandela greatly improved - Winnie

2013-06-28 16:49
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. (File, Sapa)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing a "great improvement" in his health compared to a few days ago, his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said on Friday.

"I'm not a doctor but I can say that from what he was a few days ago there is great improvement," she told reporters outside Mandela's former home in Orlando, Soweto.

AFP reports that Madikizela-Mandela tirelessly campaigned for Mandela's release during his 27-year imprisonment under apartheid, becoming a household name in her own right.

But her image was tarnished by a series of scandals, including her links to the kidnap and murder of a young activist and a 2003 fraud conviction.

Madikizela-Mandela called on the media not to "get carried away" in their reporting on her former husband's illness.

"Please understand the sensitivities and the feeling of the family," she said.

"It can also happen that you have crossed the boundaries."

Madikizela-Mandela remains an MP and a member of the ruling African National Congress party's national executive committee.

The pair, who officially separated in 1992, have two daughters together.

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