Zuma made the remarks in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 TV network on Friday.
“He's a fighter. I think even the doctors admitted he is a born fighter because I think he has been able really to fight as he has done and really to a stage where you are able to see progress,” Zuma told the TV network in the capital of Pretoria.
“(Mandela) does things other people could not do, and I think even the doctors admit that he is an amazing kind of man,” added Zuma.
Almost 15 years after Mandela left the country’s highest office, Zuma has established control over the African National Congress and South Africa’s political landscape, despite drawing criticism over alleged authoritarianism and corruption.