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Wed Aug 20 12:43:41 SAST 2014

Mandela continues to respond to treatment

Sapa | 22 December, 2012 14:36
Former president Nelson Mandela looks on as he celebrates his birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape July 18, 2012. File photo.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

Former President Nelson Mandela continues to respond to treatment as he marks two weeks of being hospitalised, the Presidency said on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the day President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela and "assured him of the love and support of all South Africans, young and old, and the whole world," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in a statement.

"We urge South Africans to continue praying for our beloved Madiba during this period. Our hearts are with the whole family and relatives."

Mandela, who is 94-years-old, was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

He was originally flown to hospital in Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu,

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