JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is showing signs of recovery after his second night in a hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said Friday.
Mandela was admitted to the hospital in Pretoria shortly before midnight Wednesday. The unexpected late-night admission and reports that the infection had advanced rapidly alarmed many South Africans.
However, Zuma issued a statement Friday afternoon that Mandela, South Africa's first black president, "is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning."
"The doctors report that he is making steady progress. He remains under treatment and observation in hospital," the statement said.
Zuma said earlier that Mandela was "doing very well" and responding to treatment. He urged South Africans not to panic about the news the Mandela was in the hospital again, and repeated an appeal for the media and members of the public to respect the family's privacy.