South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela is "responding better" to treatment in hospital, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Mr Zuma told parliament he was happy with the progress being made by Mr Mandela after a "difficult few days".

The 94 year old is spending his fifth day in a Pretoria hospital suffering from a recurrent lung infection.

Mr Mandela's wife Graca Machel, his daughter and two granddaughters visited Mr Mandela on Wednesday.

His family released a statement saying they had "been deeply touched" by the concern shown for Mr Mandela's health

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