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Published On: Fri, Mar 29th, 2013

South Africa reports Mandela ‘in good spirits’ and ‘making steady progress’ during hospital stay

President’s office says 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon making steady progress after spending second night in hospital.

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, has made steady progress and is “in good spirits” after spending a second night in hospital under treatment for a lung infection, the country’s government has said.

Nelson Mandela is recovering well according to reports. photo South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

Nelson Mandela is recovering well according to reports. photo South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

The news came as a relief to South Africans who were anxiously praying and waiting for an update on the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid legend, who was undergoing his third hospital treatment in four months.

“The Presidency wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said in a statement on Friday.

“The doctors report that he is making steady progress. He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” the
statement added.

Zuma’s government had said previously that Mandela, country’s first black president, was responding well to treatment after he was admitted to hospital before midnight on Wednesday.

Zuma had sought to reassure the nation about his health.

Global leaders sent best wishes for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and in churches across South Africa, Christians
included him in their prayers on Good Friday.

“I hope this time God will have mercy on him to give him the strength and courage to continue to be an icon for our country,” Father Benedict Mahlangu said at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church as it held services in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg where Mandela once lived.

Mandela became president after winning the country’s first all-race election in 1994.

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