PRETORIA, South Africa — Though anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is critically ill, he is opening his eyes and responding to touch, his oldest daughter said Thursday.
Mandela, 94, considered the founding father of South Africa’s modern democracy, has been undergoing treatment at a Pretoria hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection.
“I reiterate that Tata is very critical, that anything is imminent,” Makaziwe Mandela told state-run South African Broadcasting Corp. “But I want to emphasize again that it’s only God who knows when the time to go is, and so we will wait.”
Tata is the the Xhosa word for father.
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