JOHANNESBURG SA – Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in serious, but stable condition in hospital. The 94 year old Mandela is suffering with a lung infection. A statement from the South African government shares, “During the past few days former President Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection. This morning at about 1.30am his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition”.
Mandela in Hospital Condition listed as serious
The former President is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable according to President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the government and nation.
President Zuma, “Wishes Madiba a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family”.
President Mandela was taken to hospital, from his home in a suburb of Johannesburg, at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT Friday).
Nelson Mandela spend years in prison under the former regime in South Africa and is seen by many as the father of the new South Africa. He is an honourary Canadian citizen having received that honour during a state visit to Canada.
During his long time in prison, Mandela suffered from tuberculosis and has in recent years been hospitalized several times as a result of complications.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
Many are very concerned what will happen in South Africa once Mandela is gone.
The ANC offers a history of the party and its leaders which is online at www.ancarchives.org.za