Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Agence France-Presse
South African President Jacob Zuma said the anti-apartheid icon is doing well now and there is no cause for alarm.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –  Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital on Saturday, December 8, to undergo tests. He is said to be doing well, the office of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, announced.

“Former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests,” Zuma’s office said.

Mandela “is doing well and there is no cause for alarm,” it added.

He spent more than 20 years in jail under a white minority apartheid regime and then became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The much loved statesman, whose 1990 release from an apartheid prison put South Africa on the path to democracy and reconciliation, turned 94 last July 2012.

In January last year, he was treated for a serious chest infection. He has also had abdominal problems in the past. – Agence France-Presse/With a report from BBC News

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