Nelson Mandela responding to treatment for recurring lung infection

Nelson Mandela has spent two weeks in hospital in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela has spent two weeks in hospital in Pretoria

FORMER president of South Africa Nelson Mandela is suffering from a recurring lung infection but is responding to treatment, say officials.

A statement from spokesman Mac Maharaj said that the 94-year-old is ‘receiving appropriate treatment and he is responding to the treatment.’

Mr Mandela was admitted to the 1 Military Hospital near Pretoria on Saturday.

The former president was taken to a Johannesburg hospital in January 2011 for what officials initially described as tests but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection.

Mr Mandela is revered for being a leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and for preaching reconciliation when he was released from 27 years imprisonment in 1990.

He served one five-year term as president before retiring from public life.

 

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