nelson mandela (waving)*Good news for hospitalized Nelson Mandela.

The anti-apartheid icon is responding to treatment, according to the South African president.

On Wednesday, Jacob Zuma told parliament that he was happy with the progress being made by the 94-year-old former president after a “difficult few days.”

“We urge South Africans and the international community to continue to keep president Mandela and the medical team in their thoughts and prayers,” said Zuma.

Nelson Mandela was admitted to Pretoria hospital last Saturday with a recurring lung infection.

It’s the fourth time since December that he’s been hospitalized, and there is a growing realization among South Africa’s 53 million people that they will one day have to say goodbye to the father of the “Rainbow Nation” that Mandela tried to forge from the apartheid-era.

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