Mar. 30 - Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie thanks global supporters for their prayers and good wishes as the former South African president spends a third day in hospital. Jessica Gray reports.
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Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie marks Good Friday at a Methodist church in Soweto, South Africa.
She says she is humbled by the global outpouring of support for the iconic anti-apartheid leader, who returned to hospital on Wednesday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EX -WIFE OF FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA, WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA, SAYING:
"We are extremely touched and very very humbled by the praying fraternity. And we were very touched this morning when we heard president Barack Obama also wishing Tata (Mandela) well."
Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection, but officials say he is responding well to treatment.
Mandela's fragile health has been a concern for years, prompting him to withdraw from the public eye and worrying supporters.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, DARYL BARK, SAYING:
"He's a good man, he's changed our country, he's only brought good things to the country and we wish him well. Please Madiba, get better."
President Jacob Zuma has urged the nation to remain calm.