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South Africa's Mandela Recovering Well

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Former President Nelson Mandela smiles as he formally announces his retirement from public life in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 1, 2004.

Former President Nelson Mandela smiles as he formally announces his retirement from public life in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 1, 2004.

A grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela says the anti-apartheid icon is recovering well from a lung infection.

The grandson says the 94-year-old former leader looks good.

He commented Saturday after visiting Mr. Mandela who is spending an eighth day in a Pretoria hospital.

Well-wishers have been leaving balloons and posters outside the facility.

On Friday, schoolchildren gathered near the hospital, sang and wished Mr. Mandela a speedy recovery.

This is the fourth time Mr. Mandela has been hospitalized for lung infections since December.

He has a history of lung problems dating back to the tuberculosis he contracted during his 27-year imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid system.

He was released in 1990, and four years later was elected president in the country's first democratic polls.
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