Madiba's health improves

Well-wishers inscribed messages of support on coloured stones outside Madiba’s home.

Well-wishers have found creative ways to show their support for Nelson Mandela. Brightly coloured stones dot flower beds outside the former President’s Houghton home. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

HOUGHTON - With the Presidency reporting further improvement in Former President Nelson Mandela's health, the elderly statesman's Houghton home has been flooded with messages of support.

Brightly coloured stones dotted flower beds outside the former statesman's home inscribed with messages of support.

One of them read: "We wish him all the best and we know he's going to recover well. Our hearts are with him."

Madiba was admitted to an undisclosed medical facility on Wednesday last week with a recurring lung infection.

On Monday the Presidency reported he suffered a recurrence of pneumonia, but doctors said he is getting better.

Madiba has now spent his fifth night in hospital.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj says Monday's update still stood.

Maharaj told the public previously that Mandela had the water on his lungs drained, helping him breathe after his chest problems flared up again.

Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital just before midnight on Wednesday.

Maharaj reiterated that Madiba was breathing without difficulty and had been visited by family and friends.

In December last year the elder statesman spent 18 days in a Pretoria hospital for an operation to remove gallstones and for treatment for his lung infection.

South Africa's first black President, and the country's first democratically elected, has a long history of lung problems dating back to the time when he contracted tuberculosis while a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid.