Mandela Spends Easter With Family


Members of the family of South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, who is being treated in hospital for pneumonia, visited him on Monday, after doctors had reported an improvement in his condition over the weekend.

South Africa’s presidency released a statement saying, there was “no significant change” in the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who has been in hospital since late Wednesday suffering from a recurrence of a lung infection.

“Former President Mandela is still in hospital where he is receiving treatment … He spent part of Family Day today with some members of his family,” the statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office said.

The medical team treating Mandela had on Monday said he had a “restful day” and had shown further improvement after a procedure to drain excess fluid from around his lungs. Doctors had already said he was breathing without difficulty.

Mandela’s latest treatment is his third visit to hospital in four months, raising worldwide concern over the health of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.

Mandela is respected round the world for leading the struggle against white minority rule in South Africa, and then actively promoting the cause of racial reconciliation when in power.

He has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner on Robben Island and other jails for his attempts to overthrow apartheid rule.