The former wife of Nelson Mandela has thanked the public for the overwhelming support they have given the extended family, and said she was pleased to report that the former president is "on the mend." Speaking outside the hospital to ITV News she said:
We thank you South Africa, for showing us how much you love your country and how much you love Tata. We cannot articulate just how deeply touched we are. I thank my colleagues for being here on behalf of all of us, I say thank you very much South Africa.
We want to tell you that it is true that Tata is on the mend, it is true that he is getting better, it is true that he is now sitting on the chair and he is able to communicate with the family.