Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela is able to breathe by himself
after being admitted to hospital for a recurrent respiratory infection and that
is a positive sign, a spokesperson for the South African presidency said on Saturday.
The 94-year-old former South African president and
anti-apartheid hero was admitted to hospital early on Saturday after battling
the infection for a few days.
"What I am told by doctors is that he is breathing on
his own and I think that is a positive sign," presidential spokesperson Mac
"Madiba is a
fighter and at his age, as long as he is fighting, he will be fine,"
Maharaj said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.