15:30 01 April 2013
Hundreds of South Africans went to different churches across South Africa to pray for Nelson Mandela’s swift recovery. Mr Mandela, who is the first black president of the country, was admitted in the hospital on Wednesday and is being treated for pneumonia.
Although details as to when the ex president will be discharged was not released, doctors assured the public that there is an improvement on his condition.
President Jacob Zuma’s office echoed doctors’ message and said that the former leader was breathing without difficulty. It also said that excess fluid had been drained from Mr Mandela’s lungs to ease his breathing.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, a prisoner on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela in the 1960s and 70s, released a statement saying: "Doctors advised that due to the lung infection, former President Mandela had developed a pleural effusion which was tapped. This has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty.
"He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable."
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