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Thabo Mbeki: Mandela will pull through

Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s president 14 years ago, says the ailing revered statesmen will pull through.

“I know the doctors who are working with him are very good people, very good doctors and I am quite certain, I am quite certain that, one of these days, Madiba will go back home,” Mbeki said over the weekend, calling Mandela by his clan name.

Mandela, 94, is considered the founding father of South Africa’s modern democracy. He has been hospitalized in Pretoria since June 8 for a recurring lung infection – a legacy of his years of imprisonment under South Africa’s now-defunct apartheid regime.