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Graça: Mandela's sparkle fading

11 December 2012, 12:01

Cape Town - Graça Machel said on Monday that it is painful for her to see her husband Nelson Mandela's health deteriorate.

Machel told eNCA that it's painful to see him grow old - one understands that it must happen but it's heartbreaking to see his spirit and sparkle fading.

The former president will spend another night in hospital after the presidency said earlier that he would undergo further tests.

Early in the afternoon presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said that Mandela "had a good night's rest, and insisted that "he is in good hands".

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had also briefed media prior to the presidency's statement, telling reporters outside 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, where she had just visited Mandela, that the ex-president was "doing very, very well".

There have been no further updates from the government since the presidency's statement.

The 94-year-old Mandela, was admitted to a hospital on Saturday for "medical attention".

At the time, Maharaj said that, as had been said before, Mandela would "receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age".

On Sunday morning, President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in hospital and found him "comfortable, and in good care", Maharaj said.

He said the presidency thanked the public for their messages of support to Mandela and his family.

"We thank the media and the public for affording him, his family and the medical team the necessary privacy and space."

He said Monday was a special day for Mandela. He received the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December 1993.

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