Meanwhile, former President Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela as president in 1999, said he also has remained in close contact with doctors about Mandela’s condition.
“Nelson Mandela is in fact improving, in terms of his health,” Mbeki said Thursday night in an interview with Power FM, a South African radio station. “I think we really need to feel comforted that we still have him with us now.”
The government had described Mandela’s condition as serious but stable, but later said he was improving.
Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and became South Africa’s first black president in all-race elections in 1994.