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Mandela in good health: Zuma

07-12-2012 06:45 BJT

JOHANNESBURG, July 11 (Xinhua) -- President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday that former president Nelson Mandela was in good health.

He made the remarks after paying a visit to Mandela at his rural home in Qunu village in Eastern Cape Province.

Zuma's visit came before Mandela turns 94 on July 18.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj quoted Zuma as saying that Mandela was "in good health and they had lunch together."

"It was a delight to see him as always. I was particularly happy that I had an opportunity to give him good wishes for his upcoming birthday," Zuma said in a statement.

"I also informed him that as usual, all South Africans are waiting for the 18th, preparing to wish him a happy birthday in every possible way," Zuma added.

Zuma took the opportunity to brief Mandela about the construction of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge (NMLB) being built in his honor at a cost of over 15 million U.S. dollars. The bridge will connect Mandela's village with many places in the province.

Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years during apartheid, was elected the country's first black president in 1994.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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