George Bizos, Mandela’s lawyer, said he believes he still wants to live, despite his health difficulties.

The South African former leader was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night suffering from a recurring lung infection.

Nelson Mandela

“ I think that he has always had confidence in members of the ( health) profession and he has the love and care of ( his wife) Graca and members of his family and a few of his friends that go to him from time to time. I think he enjoys that and would like to continue.” He said he was planning to visit Mandela — either in hospital or at his home if he is discharged – “ in the next day or so”. Meanwhile, Mandela is in ‘ good spirits’ and making gradual progress as he is treated in hospital, officials have said.

The 94- year- old ate a full breakfast last morning, according to the office of current president Jacob Zuma.

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma also urged his fellow countrymen not to ‘ panic’