Mandela, 92, was hospitalized briefly in Johannesburg last month for an acute respiratory infection. Doctors have said they are happy with his progress — an opinion his daughter echoed.
“He’s doing great. He’s improving slowly,” she said. “He’s a 92-year-old man so you have to take that into consideration. … But he’s in great spirits. He loves to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And he’s got a great sense of humor.”
Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of sabotage and attempts to overthrow the government under South Africa’s former apartheid regime. He was released in 1990 and elected president in a landslide four years later. Friday marked the 21st anniversary of his release.