Former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s health is improving, but he is still in serious condition, President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement Thursday.
Mandela, 94, has been in serious but stable condition since being rushed to a Pretoria hospital Saturday with a recurring lung infection, the president’s office has said.
Zuma, who visited Mandela in his hospital room Thursday, asked South Africans to keep him in their thoughts.
“We continue to appeal to people to keep Madiba in their prayers and wish him a speedy recovery,” he said. Madiba is Mandela’s clan name, widely used in South Africa as a term of respect for him.