Mandela is 'fine,' getting better in hospital: wife

Nelson Mandela is ‘fine’ and improving after more than a week in hospital, his wife has said in the latest positive update on the 94-year-old icon's pneumonia treatment.

The private eNCA news channel quoted Graca Machel as saying Mandela is in hospital simply because the doctors want to be absolutely sure that he is strong enough to go home and nothing is going to recur.

Her comments marked the latest upbeat update on the country's first black president, who was hospitalised shortly before midnight on March 27.

The admission was his third hospital stint since December.

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma said he had visited his predecessor and that doctors said he was showing continuous improvement.

To help him breathe without difficulty, doctors last week drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of his lungs.