South African President Jacob Zuma has said that South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela is "responding better" to treatment in hospital.
Zuma told parliament he was happy with the progress being made by 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.
Mandela's wife Graca Machel, his daughter and two granddaughters visited Mandela on yesterday.
His family released a statement saying they had "been deeply touched" by the concern shown for Mandela's health.