South African govt says 'no cause for alarm' over Nelson Mandela

Sunday 09 December 2012 23.03
Nelson Mandela was reportedly admitted to this hospital in Pretoria
Nelson Mandela was reportedly admitted to this hospital in Pretoria

The South African government has said there is no cause for alarm after former president Nelson Mandela was yesterday admitted to hospital for medical tests.

A statement from South African President Jacob Zuma's office gave no details of the condition of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

"Former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age," the statement said.

"President Zuma assures all that Madiba is doing well and there is no cause for alarm," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

Mr Mandela, became South Africa's first black president after the country's first all-race elections in 1994.

He was admitted to hospital in February because of abdominal pain.

Mr Mandela was released the following day after a keyhole examination showed there was nothing seriously wrong with him.

He has since spent most of his time in his ancestral home in Qunu, a village in the impoverished Eastern Cape province.

Mr Mandela's frail health prevents him from making any public appearances in South Africa.

In the last few months he has continued to receive high-profile visitors, including former US President Bill Clinton.

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