Nelson Mandela's wife has said his husband is "fine" and his health is improving after he was hospitalised more than a week ago for pneumonia at the MediClinic Hospital.
"Madiba is fine, Madiba is getting better and better," said Graca
Machel , referring to 94-year-old Mandela's clan name,
Machel said Mandela is in hospital simply because the doctors want to be absolutely
sure that he is strong enough to go home and nothing is going to recur.
Her comments marked the latest upbeat update from the family on Madela's condition since he was hospitalised shortly before midnight on March
On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that he had visited his
predecessor and that doctors had said he was showing continuous
"Madiba is stable and we are thankful that he is responding well to treatment and that he is much better," Zuma said,
To help him breathe without difficulty, doctors last week drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of his lungs.
Mandela's latest health scare has sparked an outpouring of wishes and prayers from across the globe and at home.
Mandela's lung problems date back to his 27 years in apartheid jail when he was diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis in 1988.
He has also been treated for prostate cancer and has suffered from stomach ailments.