President Zuma says Madiba is responding to treatment

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Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 13 June 2013. Former president Nelson Mandela is being treated at the hospital for a recurring lung infection. Picture: Lenyaro Sello/eNCA. Picture:

PRETORIA - Former president Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment but is still in a critical but stable condition, the presidency said on Wednesday.

"We are encouraged that Madiba is responding to treatment and urge the public to continue providing support and showering him with love which gives him and the family strength," Zuma said in a statement.

Zuma visited Mandela in hospital on Wednesday evening.

The elder statesman was spending his 33rd day at the MediClinic Heart hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

He was admitted on June 8.

-Sapa

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