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A South African woman, writes a get well message at a banner showing former South African President Nelson Mandela, placed at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital. Muhammed Muheisen/AP/Press Association Images

Nelson Mandela 'responding to treatment'

The 94-year-old has been in hospital for over a month.

SOUTH AFRICAN LEGEND Nelson Mandela is said to be responding to treatment at a hospital in Pretoria, where he is in a critical but stable condition.

Current president Jacob Zuma visited the 94-year-old today, issuing a statement shortly afterwards. The visit was the second in 24-hours by the leader.

Yesterday, one of Mandela’s nephews told reporters that his uncle was conscious.

“He could not talk, but he recognised me and made a few gestures of acknowledgement, like moving his eyes,” said Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

The anti-apartheid hero has been hospitalised for more than a month with persistent lung problems that have plagued him since his imprisonment.

South Africa is now preparing for his 95th birthday and Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July.

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