Johannesburg, Mar 28 IBNS | 3 years ago

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital due to the recurrence of his lung infection, said the country's Presidency on Thursday.

"Former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital just before midnight, 27 March, due to the recurrence of his lung infection. Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort," said a statement issued by the Presidency.

President Jacob Zuma has wished him a speedy recovery.

"We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery," said Zuma.

"The Presidency appeals once again for understanding and privacy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work," the statement said.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8.

He was discharged from the hospital on Dec 26, after a nearly three-week stay there.

(Posted on 28-03-2013)