AFRICANGLOBE – Former South African President Nelson Mandela “has made progress” a statement by the country’s presidency said.
“Doctors attending to former president Mandela have reported that he has made progress and are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment,” presidency spokesperson, Mac Maharaj said.
Mandela, 94, was flown from his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on Saturday and was hospitalised at 1 Military Hospital in Tshwane.
The presidency confirmed that Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known, had a lung infection and tests were being carried out on him.
The global icon underwent treatment for a similar respiratory infection in Johannesburg in January 2011.
On Tuesday, the presidency said he was suffering from the recurrence of a previous lung infection and was responding to treatment.
“We continue to request that Nelson Mandela and his family be accorded the necessary space and privacy and thank the media and the public for co-operation,” Maharaj said.
Nelson Mandela South Africa’s founding Father
The presidency is in charge of communicating on Nelson Mandela’s health and has been releasing daily updates to the media.
Prayer services have been held across the country for Mandela’s health.
President Jacob Zuma visited South Africa’s first post-apartheid leader at the hospital in tshwane, after which he assured South Africans that Madiba was doing well and that there was no cause for alarm.
“He found him comfortable, and in good care,” Maharaj said.
“We wish Madiba all the best,” Zuma said. “The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa.”
The Nobel laureate has retired from public life to live in the remote village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, and last made a public appearance when the country hosted the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010.
Army officials are on high alert outside the hospital, carrying out stringent security checks on all cars entering or leaving the institution’s grounds.
Meanwhile people from all over the world have been sending messages to the Nelson Mandela Facebook page.
US actor Bill Cosby was among those wishing the icon a speedy recovery. “Who knows how to say ‘get well soon TATA Mandela’ in Xhosa?” he posted, receiving numerous responses.
Another well-wisher, Anesia Wylie said, “Wishing you a speedy recovery Madiba”. While Supaman Kj from Zimbabwe said, “wish you a quick recuperation Madiba, we love you”.