Thursday, June 13, 2013

South Africa's Nelson Mandela spends 6th day in hospita

A painting depicting former South African President Nelson Mandela is featured on the side of a public bus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Mandela began responding better …more Pics

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JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is spending a sixth day in the hospital.

There was no immediate update on his health Thursday, butPresident Jacob Zuma on Wednesday reported that Mandela was responding better to treatment for a recurring lung infection.

Grandson Mandla Mandela said Wednesday that the family is appreciative of the support it has received from around the world.

The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.

Mandela's official Twitter feed noted that Thursday was the 49th anniversary of the former president's arrival at Robben Island, the prison off the coast of Cape Town where he spent the majority of his incarceration.

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