The ex-wife of the former South African President Nelson Mandela has thanked the nation for their support "at this difficult time" and said that it is, "very inspiring to have the whole world on our side."
Winnie Mandela said that her former husband was responding well to treatment and was greatly encouraged by a message of support he had received from the American President Barack Obama.
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