Nelson Mandela in hospital for tests
Sunday 09 December 2012
Nelson Mandela is undergoing medical tests in South Africa, it was revealed yesterday, as the former South African president was admitted to hospital. A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office said Mr Mandela was "doing well and there is no cause for alarm".
Mr Mandela, aged 94, is in frail health and has not made public appearances since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The anti-apartheid icon was moved from his rural home to a Pretoria hospital yesterday. Rumours of his failing health flare up periodically, forcing the government to issue reassurances that all is well. His last period in hospital was in February, after he went in for a night for a minor exploratory procedure to investigate persistent abdominal pain.
Mr Mandela spent nearly three decades in prison for his fight against apartheid before becoming president in South Africa's first fully democratic vote in 1994.
He is believed to be undergoing tests in Pretoria's No 1 Military Hospital, where he was last seen by doctors in February. The hospital is the biggest of its kind in the region.
The former president is revered in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, and messages of goodwill and support have flooded in. Last month, he was said to be delighted after his image was printed on the country's bank notes for the first time. On his birthday last July, South Africans were encouraged to mark the day by volunteering 67 minutes of their time to honour his 67 years of political activism.
His stay in hospital came as it was revealed in a leaked report that, in 2005, Mr Mandela had given President Zuma £72,000 to help settle his debts.
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
One spelling error costs Companies House up to £9 million after being sued for ruining business
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the world's leading suppliers and manuf...
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...