FORMER South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, above, is recovering well from a lung infection which has kept him in hospital for a week, his grandson said yesterday.
“Madiba is recovering very well and looks good,” Mandla Mandela said in Qunu, a village in the Eastern Cape province where Mandela was born and spent his early years.
Speaking in Xhosa at a funeral in Qunu of another relative, Mandla used the clan name ‘Madiba’ by which Mandela, 94, is popularly known.
“I thank the nation and the world for the prayers for Madiba, and the doctors and the office of the ANC for keeping the family updated.”
Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa’s first black president in elections in 1994.
He has been in intensive care since he was taken to hospital last Saturday for the third time this year.
Each visit has provoked greater concern in South Africa and around the world over the welfare of the global icon.
Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel ,has been at his bedside regularly since calling off a trip to London last week.