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Mandela ‘doing well’ in hospital

Nelson Mandela

CAPE TOWN — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is said to be “doing well” after spending a second night in the Pretoria hospital where he was admitted on Saturday.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela, 94, would undergo further tests for an undisclosed condition.

Yesterday Mandela was visited by President Jacob Zuma, who said he was looking well after a restful night.

News of the hospital stay has prompted much concern in South Africa.

But Maharaj said Mandela was “comfortable” and there was “no cause for alarm”.

The former president is revered at home and around the world for leading the struggle against white-minority rule before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Despite being imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid government, after his release he forgave his former enemies and urged South Africans of all races to work together and seek reconciliation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

[Mandela] had a good night’s rest. The doctors will still conduct further tests today [Monday]. He is in good hands,” Maharaj said in a statement.

“Today is also a special day as President Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December 1993 … for his selfless contribution to the struggle for liberation, human rights and justice in South Africa.” (BBC)

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