South African Leader Cites ‘Progress’ in Mandela’s Condition


JOHANNESBURG — After four days in the hospital battling a lung infection, former South African president Nelson Mandela “is responding better to treatment,” President Jacob Zuma said in remarks to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday. “We are very happy with the progress that he’s now making, following a difficult few days,” Mr. Zuma said.

It was the first report of an improvement in Mr. Mandela’s condition since he was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria early Saturday morning after suffering a recurrence of a persistent lung ailment, a legacy of the tuberculosis he contracted during the 27 years he was imprisoned for opposing apartheid. His health has been frail lately, and the hospitalization is his fourth in the last seven months.

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