Nelson Mandela is responding better to treatment on his fifth day in hospital, South African president Jacob Zuma says.
“I am happy to report that Madiba is responding better to treatment from this morning,” Mr Zuma told a scheduled budget hearing on Wednesday, using the anti-apartheid icon’s clan name.
“We are very happy with the progress that he is now making, following a difficult last few days.”
Mr Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Saturday (local time) and has since been described only as being in a “serious but stable” condition.
The former president of South Africa’s apparent failure to respond to days of intensive treatment had prompted widespread concerns about his condition.