The 94-year-old was being treated by a team of doctors at his home for a recurrence of a long-standing lung infection but in the early hours of this morning
“The problem is that his infection reoccurred,” he told The Telegraph. “At 1.30am today the doctors came to the conclusion that his condition had deteriorated enough that it warranted hospital treatment.”The decision was taken to transfer him to hospital after his condition deteriorated, the South African presidency said. Mac Maharaj, President Jacob Zuma’s spokesman, said Mr Mandela’s health was “serious this time,” adding: “Every day that he gets older it gets more serious.”
Mr Mandela is known to have been on and off a ventilator in recent months but is understood to be breathing on his own this morning.
His wife Graca, and other family members, are at his bedside in an undisclosed hospital in Pretoria, the nation’s capital.