NewsSouthern AfricaNelson Mandela still in hospital

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Posted on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:44

Nelson Mandela still in hospital

By Crystal van Vyk

Former South African President Nelson Mandela/Photo©ReutersFormer South African president Nelson Mandela remained in hospital on Tuesday for the sixth day receiving treatment for a lung infection.

 

President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj, Mandela is being treated for pneumonia.

Maharaj said Mandela spent part of Family Day over the Easter weekend with some members of his family, "who appreciate the support they have been receiving from the public."

This weekend, Maharaj said the 94 year-old icon had the water in his lungs drained, helping him breath after his chest problems flared up again.

Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital just before midnight last Wednesday.

Over the last few months, Mandela had been in hospital a few times.

His lengthiest stay was in December, when he spent 18 days in a Pretoria hospital where he underwent an operation to remove gallstones.

According to the Business Day newspaper, several international leaders including US President Barack Obama sent messages wishing Mandela a speedy recovery.

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she "joined world leaders" in wishing Mandela well.

"As the AU, we join the people of South Africa, Africa and indeed the world in extending our thoughts and prayers to one of the revered leaders that the continent of Africa has produced, Nelson Mandela," she said.
 


Meanwhile, well wishers have taken to leaving garden stones inscribed with inspirational and get well messages outside Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg.



A large media contingent has also set up base outside the elder statesman's home.



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