Mandela ‘looks well’ in hospital

The widely revered Nelson Mandela, the father of democratic South Africa, “looks well after a restful night,” the spokesperson of President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday, December 9. The 94-year-old Mandela, according to the BBC, is known to be frail with a fading memory. But visitors have described him to be in good spirits. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for tests and is said to be in the hands of a competent medical team in Pretoria. Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has not been as visible. He served as South Africa’s first black president between 1994 and 1999 and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. In January 2011, he was treated for a serious chest infection and was brought to the hospital February 2012 for a minor procedure related to an abdominal problem.

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