Zuma made this known yesterday after joining the former leader’s family on a Christmas Day visit to the anti-apartheid icon’s bedside.
Mr Mandela, who was admitted to hospital December 8 for what was initially described as routine tests, has since been treated for a recurrent lung infection, and underwent an endoscopic procedure to remove gallstones, was also visited by wife, Graca Machel.
“We found him in good spirits,” Mr Zuma said in a statement. “He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making.”
Mr Zuma’s office, which is responsible for issuing updates on the former president’s condition, has given no indication of when Mandela, 94, might be discharged.