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Family: Mandela is 'Doing Very Well'

Rope access technicians work to complete a huge portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela on the windows of the Civic Center building in Cape Town, June 15, 2013.
Rope access technicians work to complete a huge portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela on the windows of the Civic Center building in Cape Town, June 15, 2013.
VOA News
The daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela said he is "doing very well" as he recovers in the hospital from a lung infection.

Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, South Africa's ambassador to Argentina, spoke Monday to reporters gathered outside of the Pretoria hospital where her father is being treated.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon remains in serious but stable condition, but said his doctors are seeing sustained improvements.

Visiting family members have in recent days spoken of Mr. Mandela's improving condition after more than a week of hospitalization for a recurring lung infection.  

Family members Monday viewed flowers and cards left for Mr. Mandela outside of his Pretoria hospital.

Mandela-Dlamini is the eldest daughter from Mr. Mandela's marriage to his ex-wife Winnie.

The former president's current wife, Graca Machel, issued a message of thanks Monday to people worldwide who have offered their support.

This is Mr. Mandela's fourth hospitalization for his lung problems since December.

Mr. 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.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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