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Nelson Mandela 'sitting up' on his 95th birthday

by - Africa Correspondent
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela greeting wellwishers gathered outside her former husband's hospital.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela greeting wellwishers gathered outside her former husband's hospital. Credit: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela came to the gates of Mandela's hospital to address crowds, and told them "Tata is sitting up."

"It is true that he is getting better, it is true that he's now sitting on a chair and is able to communicate with the family."

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Winnie Mandela: Allegations 'manufactured' by enemies

Winnie Mandela has told ITV News that the allegations against her of kidnap, assault and murder were "manufactured by the system I was fighting against".

The former wife of Nelson Mandela said that such accusations were "water off a duck's back," adding that "when it suits the media, I am a murderer".

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Nelson Mandela's current and former wives 'like sisters'

The former wife of Nelson Mandela has told ITV News that she has a "great relationship" with his current wife, Graca Machel.

In an interview with Mark Austin, Winnie Mandela said that the pair refer to each other as "big sister" and "little sister" and even confided that they moan together about the former president of South Africa.

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Winnie Mandela: I 'always will' love Nelson

Nelson Mandela's former wife, Winnie Mandela, has said that she will always love her ex-husband because he is the father of her children.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, she said: "No mother can say they hate their partners no matter what the social situation is between them."

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