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Thursday, 26 September 2013
Mandela responding to treatment - Zuma
South Former president Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment at his Houghton home, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.
"Our revered former president continues to respond to treatment at his home," Zuma said at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
"His family and our people have warmly welcomed the support he continues to receive from the global community.
"We are humbled and very grateful for this support," said Zuma.
However ever Zuma did not go into details about Madiba's condition
The previous statements have often said that Mandela is critical but stable
But one of the local newspaper The New Age reported on Thursday that Mandela is sitting up and looking around.
Mandela's grandson, Mbuso Mandela was quoted by the paper saying his grand father spent time with his children and grandchildren on Heritage Day.
" I just saw him again yesterday (Wednesday) at lunch. He is doing very well," Mbuso told the daily.
" He is sitting up and looking around. We are keeping him company"
Thursday marks the 25th day Mandela has spent at home in Johannesburg, after being discharged from a Pretoria hospital, where he spent nearly three months being treated for a recurring lung infection.
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