The anti-apartheid icon was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Graca Machel, wife of ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela has said that she is less anxious now because the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader is responding to treatment. Mr. Mandela, who was admitted to Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on June 8 for a recurring lung infection, is said to be in critical but stable condition.

People in South Africa and around the world have expressed concern for Mr. Mandela, sending messages of support for a man seen as a global symbol of reconciliation. The Nobel peace prize winner turns 95 on July 18, when commemorations will be held in his honour.

Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white rule in the country and was released in 1990. He led the shift from apartheid to democracy and became President after an all-race election in 1994.

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