As South Africa’s post-apartheid president and elder statesman, Nelson Mandela spends his fourth day in hospital, the South African government has disclosed that he is suffering from a lung infection but is responding well to treatment.
This is the first time officials have revealed the reason behind the 94-year old Mandela’s admission to a military hospital in the administrative capital, Pretoria, on Saturday.
Tests showed a “recurrence of a previous lung infection”, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said. Mr Mandela is responding to his treatment, Mr Maharaj added.
News of Mandela’s hospital stay had prompted a wave of concern in his home country of South Africa, the African continent and the world in general.