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NEL­SON Man­dela, who has been crit­i­cally ill in hos­pi­tal for just over two months, is be­com­ing more alert and re­spon­sive by the day, ac­cord­ing to his youngest daugh­ter.

Tata now man­ages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few min­utes in a day,” Zindzi Man­dela told the SABC on Fri­day.

Tata is de­ter­mined not to go any­where any time soon, I can­not stress this enough.

Peo­ple must stop say­ing to the fam­ily: Let go, let go.’ We are just look­ing at this man who is say­ing: I’m not go­ing any­where,’” said Zindzi as she left the Medi­clinic Heart Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria.

You know he just doesn’t have the strength of a man, he just has a strength that is be­yond any­thing that can be ex­plained,” said Zindzi.

Be­cause even now with the chal­lenges to his health, he some­how man­ages to bounce back when ev­ery­one as­sumes this is the end.”

Man­dela (95) was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal on June 8 with a re­cur­ring lung in­fec­tion.

His con­di­tion is still said to be crit­i­cal but sta­ble”. In an in­ter­view broad­cast on Sky News on Thurs­day, his for­mer wife, Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, said he was now breath­ing nor­mally

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