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Nelson Mandela Health: Former South African President 'Not Doing Well'

12/04/2013 08:16 EST | Updated 02/03/2014 05:59 EST
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JOHANNESBURG - The family of ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela has told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview that the liberation struggle icon is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed."

His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, told SABC television news: "Tata is still with us, strong, courageous. Even for a lack of a better word .... on his 'deathbed' he is teaching us lessons; lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance.

"Every moment I get with him I'm amazed. There are times where I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is a fighter even though you can see he is struggling, but fighting spirit is still there with him."

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