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Thursday 2 October 2014

Nelson Mandela hospitalised in Johannesburg

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a Johannesburg hospital
A young girl looks at 'get well' messages to Nelson Mandela at a school near Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg (AP)
Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela arrives at a hotel in central London, Monday, June 23, 2008. Mandela arrived in London Monday for a week of events to celebrate his 90th birthday, including an outdoor concert in his honor at Hyde Park on Friday with Proceeds going to his 46664 charity.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, remained in hospital yesterday for medical tests, reviving concern over the health of the frail 92-year-old anti-Apartheid activist.

Mr Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Wednesday for what his foundation described as routine tests, but South African station Talk Radio 702 reported he had been seen by a specialist pulmonologist, who treats respiratory problems.

President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) appealed for calm after the hospitalisation set off speculation about Mr Mandela's health.

“President Mandela is comfortable and is well looked after by a good team of medical specialists,” Mr Zuma said in a statement.

“He is a 92-year-old and will have ailments associated with his age, and the fact that he stayed the night should not suggest the worst,” added ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

Police were called in to control traffic at Milpark Hospital as scores of journalists gathered outside. Several members of Mr Mandela's family, including his wife Graca Machel, visited the hospital after his admission.

Mr Mandela retired from public life in June 2004 before his 86th birthday and has not been seen in public since the World Cup final in July last year.

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