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article imageMandela 'responding better' on 49th anniversary of imprisonment

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 12, 2013 in Politics
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is making progress and "responding better to treatment," according to reports.
Mandela has been in intensive care and spent five days in a Pretoria hospital, after being admitted there in the early hours of Saturday morning, Prtetoria time, for a recurring lung infaction.
Speaking a little while ago, the current South African President, Jacob Zuma, said that President Mandela was making progress following "a difficult last few days."
According to Fox News President Zuma said, "We are very happy with the progress that he is now making following a difficult last few days [and] appreciate the messages of support from all over the world."
President Zuma, who was addressing the South African parliament, noted that today, Wednesday, June 12, marks the 49th anniversary of the sentencing in 1964, of Nelson Mandela to life in prison. Zuma reiterated, "Our thoughts are with him and his family 'on this crucial historical anniversary'."
CBC News reports that Zuma then went on to praise Mandela's anti-apartheid legacy and referred to when the system of apartheid (racial segregation and discrimination) was abolished by the South African goverment. Zuma added, "Our country is a much better place to live in now than it was before 1994, even though we still have so much work to do."
On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama both wished Mandela "a speedy recovery," the Times of India reports.
Mandela's wife, Graca Machel Mandela, has remained by his bedside since the 94-year-old was readmitted to hospital last weekend. Many members of his family have also visited him over the past few days, including, as reported yesterday by Digital Journal, his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
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