Officials: Ill Nelson Mandela making progress

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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:16 AM by Associated Press

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela has "made progress" as doctors in a military hospital continue to treat him for a lung infection, said officials.

Mandela's doctors "are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment," said a statement issued Wednesday by the office of President Jacob Zuma.

The 94-year-old leader is being treated at 1 Military Hospital near South Africa's capital, Pretoria. He's been there for five days.

Mandela has a history of lung problems. In January 2011, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for an acute respiratory infection. He also contracted tuberculosis while in prison.

Mandela is revered for being a leader of the struggle against racist white rule in South Africa. He served one five-year term as president before retiring from public life.

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