Mandela improves, may leave hospital soon, daughter reports



JOHANNESBURG — Three weeks ago,Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero, seemed at death’s door. A family affidavit presented in a court hearing the following week said he was on life support and described his demise as “impending.”

On Wednesday, the eve of his 95th birthday, Mandela was watching television with headphones on, his daughter Zindzi Mandela said.

Describing what she said was a dramatic improvement in Mandela’s health in an interview on British television, Zindzi Mandela said, “I should think he will be going home anytime soon.”

Mandela has been hospitalized since June 8 with a lung infection, the latest in a series in recent months.