Former South African president Nelson Mandela is recovering well from a lung infection after spending eight days in a Pretoria hospital, his grandson Mandla Mandela says. Mandla claims the 94 year-old “looked good,” after a recent hospital visit.
“Madiba is recovering very well and looks good,” Mandla Mandela said in Qunu, a village in the Eastern Cape province where Mandela was born and spent his adolescent years. “I thank the nation and the world for the prayers for Madiba, and the doctors and the office of the ANC for keeping the family updated,” he said.
On Thursday, South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela’s health was improving, but that he remained in serious condition.
This marks Mandela’s fourth hospitalization since last December. The anti-apartheid activis has had a history of lung problems stemming from his time at the Windswept Robben Island prison camp near Cape Town. Mandela spent 27 years there under white rule after leading South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He was released in 1990, and four years later became South Africa’s first black president.