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Latest update : 2013-10-19

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 Friday, South African President Jacob Zuma answered questions about pressing issues in his country, including Nelson Mandela’s health, the Marikana massacre and the future of the International Criminal Court.

South African President Jacob Zuma described his ageing predecessor Nelson Mandela as a “fighter” whose health was showing sings of improvement in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 on Friday.

“He's a fighter. I think even the doctors admitted he is a born fighter because I think he has been able really to fight as he has done and really to a stage where you are able to see progress,” Zuma told FRANCE 24 the South African capital of Pretoria.

“(Mandela) does things other people could not do, and I think even the doctors admit that he is an amazing kind of man,” added Zuma.

Almost 15 years after Mandela left the country’s highest office, Zuma has established control over the African National Congress and South Africa’s political landscape, despite drawing criticism over alleged authoritarianism and corruption.

Zuma also addressed controversial topics such as the massacre of striking miners at Marikana last year, the future of the International Criminal Court, and next year’s general election.

“We are confident that we could win,” Zuma said about the poll that could see him retain his grip on power until the end of the decade. “We'll win the elections. I think from our point of view, there's no question about it.”

Date created : 2013-10-18

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