Mandela's wife thanks world

The wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela says that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during his latest stay in hospital.

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Mandela family view tributes left outside hospital

Members of Nelson Mandela's family came out of the hospital where the former South African president is being treated earlier today to look at the tributes left by well-wishers.

Nelson Mandela's daughter Zenani looks at the tributes left outside the hospital for her father. Credit: APTN
The Mandela family look at cards and flowers left by well-wishers outside the hospital. Credit: APTN
One family member removes a mural to take inside to Nelson Mandela. Credit: APTN
The media surrounded the family outside the hospital. Credit: APTN

Mandela wife Graca Machel thanks well-wishers

Graca Machel, the wife of Nelson Mandela, has thanked well-wishers for messages of support while the former South African president is being treated in hospital.

A statement read:

Madiba once said: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others.." I have thought of his words on each occasion the world stood with him, making a difference to him, in his healing.

So much love and generosity from South Africans, Africans across the continent, and thousands more from across the world, have come our way to lighten the burden of anxiety; bringing us love, comfort and hope.

The messages have come by letter, by SMS, by phone, by twitter, by Facebook, by email, cards, flowers and the human voice, in particular the voices of children in schools or singing outside our home. We have felt the closeness of the world and the deepest meaning of strength and peace.

Our gratitude is difficult to express. But the love and peace we feel give yet more life to the simple "Thank you!"

– Graca Machel


Mandela 'looking good' after latest hospital stay

Former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is recovering well from a lung infection which has kept him in hospital for a week, his grandson has said.

"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 early years.

Speaking in Xhosa at a funeral of another relative, Mandla used the clan name 'Madiba' by which 94-year-old Mandela is popularly known in South Africa.


Zuma: Mandela 'responding better to treatment'

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma told his country's parliament that Nelson Mandela has started "responding better to treatment".

Mandela, who was visited by his ex-wife Winnie today, has spent the last five days being treated in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection.

The 94-year-old's eldest grandson Mandla thanked doctors, politicians and well-wishers who have supported the family during the former President's illness.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Pretoria:

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