A statement issued by the office of current South African President Jacob Zuma reports that the 94-year-old icon was in “good spirits” Friday morning and was “making steady progress.”
“[Mandela] remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” the statement read. “We would like to repeat our appeal for the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family.”
President Obama sent well wishes to Mandela Thursday, confident that the ailing leader will pull through.
"We will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers,” Obama said after meeting with African leaders on Thursday.
"He is as strong physically as he's been in character and in leadership over so many decades. We all recognize that he has given everything to his people, the people of South Africa, and to the people of the continent."
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