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Mandela's wife thanks well-wishers

The wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela said that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during the 94-year-old's latest spell in hospital.

Mr Mandela is spending his 10th day in a hospital in Pretoria, being treated for a recurring lung infection.

President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday that Mr Mandela remains in a serious condition but that his doctors are seeing sustained improvements. He added that Mr Mandela is engaging with family during visits.

In a written message, Graca Machel, Mr Mandela's wife, expressed the family's gratitude for messages of support, in particular from children singing outside the Mandela home.

The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Mr Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.


From Belfast Telegraph