South African President Jacob Zuma: Nelson Mandela Responding To Treatment

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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s president said Wednesday that Nelson Mandela was responding better to treatment after several days in the hospital.

President Jacob Zuma told parliament he was happy with the progress that the international icon was making “following a difficult last few days.”

Mandela spent a fifth straight day Wednesday in a Pretoria hospital, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was hospitalized on Saturday.

Zuma’s remarks were the first departure from the government’s classification of Mandela’s condition as “serious but stable,” which they had refused to expand on all week.

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