South Africa's Zuma Visits 'Anti-Apartheid Hero' Mandela In The Hospital

Category: World / Apr 04, 2013 3:46PM EDT
Former South African President Nelson Mandela received a hospital visit from current leader Jacob Zuma on Thursday (April 4), who said the anti-apartheid hero was making "continuous improvement" under treatment for pneumonia. Zuma said that 94-year-old Mandela was stable and thankful he was responding well to treatment. Mandela has spent just over a week in the hospital. This is the third health scare in four months for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and was hailed as a global symbol of tolerance and harmony. He was in the hospital briefly in early March for a check-up and was hospitalized in December for nearly three weeks with a lung infection and after surgery to remove gallstones. Mandela stepped down as president in 1999 and has not been politically active for a decade. But he is still revered at home and abroad for leading the struggle against apartheid rule. Video Source: Reuters