Zuma urges South Africans not to panic about Mandela

South African President Jacob Zuma. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACAUSA.COM

President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela is "responding very well to the treatment" as he urged the country not to panic.

He told BBC News: "Of course I have been saying to people, you should bear in mind Madiba is no longer that young and if he goes for check-ups every now and again, I don't think people must be alarmed about it. I would like to really say the country must not panic."


Mandela spends first day home

Nelson Mandela is spending his first day at home after being released from hospital following his lengthy treatment for pneumonia.