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Mandela Recovering 'Very Well'


Former South African President Nelson Mandela is wheeled out on a stretcher, as he leaves the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, January 28, 2011

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is wheeled out on a stretcher, as he leaves the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, January 28, 2011

South Africa's government says former president Nelson Mandela is doing well in his recovery from a respiratory infection.

Minister for the presidency Collins Chabane said Thursday that Mr. Mandela is responding to treatment for the condition.

The 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon spent two days in a Johannesburg hospital last week. He was released last Friday and has since received care at his home.

Chabane told reporters in Pretoria that Mr. Mandela continues to have doctors around him "all the time."

The minister thanked those who are praying for the ailing former president and who have sent messages of support to his family.

Mr. Mandela has grown frail in recent years and makes only occasional public appearances, most recently at the championship for the World Cup in July.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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