In a statement, Zuma said Mandela was "doing well," CNN
reports. "The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa."
Zuma added that Mandela was receiving medical attention which was "consistent with his age."
"We wish Madiba all the best," Zuma said according to The Associated Press
. Madiba is Nelson Mandela's clan name.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his fight against racism. On May 10, 1994, he became South Africa's first black President
. On that day, he declared, "Never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another."
Mandela served one five-year term as president. He later retired from public life. He last made a public appearance in 2010 when South Africa hosted the World Cup
, The Associated Press
Mandela, a Nobel laureate, was admitted to the hospital in February due to pain his abdomen, but was released the following day after a series of tests confirmed nothing was seriously wrong with him,The Guardian
While Mandela remains in relatively "good health," he is a bit frail, which makes it difficult to make public appearances. The South African icon turned 94 on July 17. Among high profile visitors to come celebrate with him were former US president Bill Clinton.