Nelson Mandela

Mandela in ‘good spirits,’ makes progress

Agence France-Presse
Doctors say Nelson Mandela is making 'steady progress' in recovery as he battles a recurrent lung infection

'STEADY PROGRESS.' Doctors say former South African President Nelson Mandela is making "steady progress" in recovery as he battles a recurrent lung infection. File AFP Photo

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Nelson Mandela is making “steady progress” while undergoing treatment in hospital for a recurrent lung infection, South Africa’s presidency said Friday, March 29.

“Mandela is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning. The doctors report that he is making steady progress. He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” said a statement from the office of South Africa’s president.

Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. He is considered the father of the nation for leading the battle against apartheid.

He first contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while detained on the windswept Robben Island where he served 18 of his 27 years in prison for sabotage. –