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Nelson Mandela marks 1 month in the hospital

Sunday - 7/7/2013, 8:40am  ET

A woman walks by a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the Soweto township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 7, 2013. South Africans on Sunday services have been praying for Mandela who has been in a hospital for nearly a month. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela has now spent a month in the hospital.

South Africa's anti-apartheid hero was admitted June 8 for a recurring lung infection. A month later the former president has seen an outpouring of love and support from South Africa and around the world.

South Africa's City Press newspaper reported Sunday that since his admittance to a Pretoria hospital Graca Machel, Mandela's wife, has not left her husband's side for more than three hours.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white rule. He led the tense shift from apartheid to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.

A Mandela grandson was removed from his post of tribal chief on Saturday following a family feud started because the grandson moved the buried bodies of three of Mandela's children.


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