July 30, 2013 / 8:05 AM / in 5 years

South Africa's Mandela still critical but improving - government

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital but “continues to show improvement,” the government said on Tuesday.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela looks on as he celebrates his birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero has spent nearly eight weeks in the hospital for treatment for a recurring lung infection.

The government has declined to comment on a weekend report by U.S. broadcaster CBS which said that Mandela had recently undergone a minor operation to unblock a dialysis tube.

Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Pascal Fletcher

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