Hospitalized for the fifth day, former South African President Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment for a lung infection, his doctors say.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela has "made progress" as doctors in a military hospital continue to treat him for a lung infection, said officials.
Mandela's doctors "are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment," said a statement issued Wednesday by the office of President Jacob Zuma.
The 94-year-old leader is being treated at 1 Military Hospital near South Africa's capital, Pretoria. He's been there for five days.
Mandela has a history of lung problems. In January 2011, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for an acute respiratory infection. He also contracted tuberculosis while in prison.
Mandela is revered for being a leader of the struggle against racist white rule in South Africa. He served one five-year term as president before retiring from public life.