(NEW YORK) — South African President Jacob Zuma has said Nelson Mandela is “in good spirits,” following a visit to the former South African President in the hospital on Christmas day.
Zuma joined Graca Machel and members of the Mandel family at Mandela’s bedside in Pretoria Tuesday morning.
“He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward!” Zuma said in a statement on his website. “He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making.”
Mandela was hospitalized on Dec. 8 for a lung infection and gallstones.
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