Friday 15 December 2017

Mandela still critical but 'improving'

Press Association

Former South African president Nelson Mandela's condition has improved, although he remains critically ill, the government announced.

Mandela, right, is "still in a critical condition in hospital but shows sustained improvement", president Jacob Zuma said.

Mr Zuma gave the update after visiting Mandela at the Pretoria hospital where he is receiving treatment. During the visit, he told the anti-apartheid leader of the love and support of all South Africans that was displayed at the leader's 95th birthday celebrations on July 18.

The president also asked the nation to continue to keep Mandela in its thoughts and prayers. Mandela was hospitalised on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Irish Independent

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