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South African President Visits Mandela in Hospital

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In this file photo, former South African president Nelson Mandela is shown observing his 94th birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape, July 18, 2012.

In this file photo, former South African president Nelson Mandela is shown observing his 94th birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape, July 18, 2012.

South Africa says anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is making "continuous improvement" and was visited in the hospital by President Jacob Zuma Thursday.

Referring to the former president by his clan name, Zuma said in a statement that "Madiba is stable and we are thankful that he is responding well to treatment and that he is much better."

The president also met with members of Mandela's family

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate was admitted to an unidentified hospital late last Wednesday, his third hospitalization in four months.

South Africa said he was being treated for a lung infection, then pneumonia.

Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting apartheid, South Africa's now-defunct system of white minority rule.

He became South Africa's first black president in 1994.

There has been no indication when he might be released from the hospital.
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