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Sunday 21 September 2014

Mandela looking thin and frail in rare televised appearance

Published 30/04/2013 | 05:00

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Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has made his first television appearance in almost a year, looking thin and frail in his Johannesburg home where he has been resting after a bout of pneumonia.

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The veteran leader stared mostly straight ahead during the appearance yesterday, his face showing little expression in the footage of a visit from President Jacob Zuma and other officials, shown by state broadcaster SABC.

The 94-year-old was in good health and good spirits, the ruling African National Congress said after yesterday's visit, in the first update on his condition since he was discharged from hospital in early April.

The footage showed Mr Mandela sitting next to Mr Zuma with a pillow behind his head and his legs propped up under a blanket.

Mr Mandela had spent more than a week in hospital being treated for a recurring lung infection identified as pneumonia.

Irish Independent

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