Feedback on Madiba's health positive

While the former president continues to receive treatment feedback on his condition remain positive.

Whilst the nation awaits the next medical update from the Presidency well-wishers visited the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria to leave messages of support for their hero. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

QUNU - As Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria the latest feedback about his health has been positive.

Speaking in Qunu on Saturday Madiba's grandson Mandla said the former statesman's condition is improving.

Madiba was admitted to the Pretoria hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning last week for a recurring lung infection.

Mandla, who is chief of the MvezoTraditional Council, thanked the nation for keeping Madiba in their prayers.

He said his grandfather is recovering well.

Mandla was attending a relative's funeral where he spoke about Madiba, who remains undoubtedly Qunu's most famous resident.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is not far from everyone's thoughts.

At the funeral a local reverend asked those in attendance to stand up for a moment of silent prayer.

"We are praying that [God] be next to him every minute."

Meanwhile in Pretoria Madiba's daughter Zenani was spotted entering hospital premises on Saturday morning in a black Mercedes Benz, escorted by an SUV.

However, it remains unclear whether any other members of the Mandela family are visiting as well.

WELL WISHES FOR MADIBA

Whilst the nation awaits the next medical update from the Presidency well-wishers, including a taekwondo team from the area, visited the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria to leave messages of support for their hero.

The children are members of the Speed Taekwando club. Some of the youngsters arrived with flowers, while others created placards reading "Apartheid is wrong" and "Let's live in harmony".

The children, who are all under the age of 15, said they were inspired by Madiba, who was a boxer in his younger years.

One man arrived with his son to teach him about Madiba's legacy.

"To know what he fought for as Africans. He liberated all of us and at the same time made sacrifices for us. I learned to forgive and forget from Madiba."

It's unclear at this time if and when Mandela will be discharged.