South African citizens are praying for the recovery of former President Nelson Mandela.
The nation’s first black president remains in hospital in Pretoria receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.
His ex-wife Winnie was seen visiting the 94 year-old at the hospital, where doctors say his condition is improving, but still serious.
In a statement his family said they were happy with the treatment he was receiving, and hoped he would recover soon.
Children from a nearby school gathered with posters of the leader, as their teachers felt it was important for the children to know where one of their nation’s icons was.
Gifts were delivered directly to anti-apartheid leaders home in Johannesburg as well wishers hope he will recover quickly. One family delivered an array of coloured ballons, saying they chose the bright colours to signify the ‘rainbow nation’, and so that their former leader would know they were praying for him.
This is Mandela’s fourth hospitalisation since December for similar lung complaints. These stem from his 27 years in captivity in the Robben Island prison camp near Cape Town.
He was released in 1990 and served as president from 1994 to 1999.
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