The South African president Jacob Zuma has confirmed that Nelson Mandela’s health continues to improve.
At a Rally to mark National Youth day, Zuma urged people to keep Mandela in their thoughts and wish him a happy Father’s Day.
“We are grateful that he continues to get better. I invite you to join me today, in wishing Madiba a very happy Father’s Day today” Zuma told people.
Newspaper front pages in South Africa saluted the man who many see as the father of the nation, wishing him a happy day.
Meanwhile at services across the country, churchgoers were asked to pray for the 94 year old.
Outside Mandela’s house in Johannesburg, local resident, Victor Collins spoke about his neighbour:“It gives us inspiration to know that Tata was our father, and we run up here every morning past his house, and it gives us strength to get up this hill believe it or not. And when we see the sun coming up, we pray for him every day. It’s just beautiful to be here and thank him for all he has done for us.”
The nation’s first black president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been in hopsital since June 8 receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.