Madiba's condition 'improving slowly'

The global icon is responding to treatment as he spends another day in a Pretoria hospital.

Hospital wall with well-wishes messages for former president Nelson Mandela. Picture:Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela's doctors say he is making a slow but steady improvement.

Mandela has at the Pretoria Heart Hospital for more than two months. He is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

His medical team says although his health is improving steadily, he remains in a critical condition.

In the latest update by the Presidency on Sunday afternoon, Madiba is responding to treatment.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says, "The president has once again thanked South Africans for ongoing prayers and for keeping the former president in their thoughts. Let us continue to pray for Madiba's recovery and good health, said President Zuma."

The 95-year-old spent his birthday in hospital last month.

Ordinary South Africans and the world continue to pray for him.

This is his fourth hospitalisation since December.