The South African presidency on Wednesday announced that doctors caring for former South African President, Nelson Mandela said he was responding to treatment for a lung infection.
Mandela, 94, was admitted to a military hospital in Pretoria on Saturday.
“He has made progress during the past 24 hours and the doctors are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment,” said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who was imprisoned with Mandela in the 1970s.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was hospitalised in 2011 for an acute respiratory infection.
In the 1980s, while still incarcerated by the apartheid regime, Mandela suffered from tuberculosis and his lungs were said to have been damaged during years of hard labour in prison.
Mandela spent 27 years in jail for his leadership in the fight against white minority rule, or apartheid, and became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, stepping down after one term in office.
He retired from public life in 2004 and has not been seen in public since 2010.
The former president, admired for his key role in bringing democracy to South Africa and encouraging racial reconciliation, largely lives in his rural hometown of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape Province.
Visitors say that while his memory is lapsing, he is generally in good spirits.