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Zuma: Mandela Getting Better but Remains 'Serious'

A group of wellwishers hold up get-well placards outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, June 16, 2013.
A group of wellwishers hold up get-well placards outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, June 16, 2013.
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South African President Jacob Zuma says anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remains in serious condition, but that his doctors feel he has shown "sustained" improvement in the last two days.

Zuma said Sunday the 94-year-old former South African president continues to engage with his family.

President Zuma made his remarks in the town of Newcastle at a rally to commemorate the 1976 Soweto student uprising during white minority rule in South Africa.  He asked the audience to join him in wishing Mr. Mandela a happy Father's Day.

Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital for nine days recovering from a lung infection.

This is the fourth time he has been hospitalized for a lung infection since December.

Mandela 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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