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Mandela should be home soon - grandson

A grandson of Nelson Mandela says hopefully he'll be headed home soon, as the 94-year-old beloved former president of South Africa marked two weeks in the hospital yesterday.

Ndaba Mandela addressed concerns about his grandfather's health at a media briefing about a football invitational that will be part of celebrations surrounding Mandela's 95th birthday on July 18.

"Positively we can say that he has been getting better and better each day and hopefully he'll be coming home soon," Ndaba Mandela said.

"For us, as family, as long as he can still hear and understand what is said to him, and talk to us, we'll continue to celebrate him," he said.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule, was taken to a Pretoria Hospital on June 8 to be treated for a recurring lung infection. It marked the fourth time he has been hospitalised since December.

Meanwhile, former President Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela in 1999, said: "Mr Mandela is improving. I think we really need to feel comforted that we still have him with us now."

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