Nelson Mandela in Hospital, But no Cause for Alarm
By Geetha Pillai | December 9, 2012 9:51 PM EST
President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on 9 December and said he looked "comfortable and in good care" after a restful night in hospital.
Earlier, a statement from the office of Zuma said "former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age" and there is "no cause for alarm".
No details about the reason or the extent of his hospital stay were provided by officials.
In February, the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was taken to the hospital for exploratory surgery for persistent abdominal pain, which turned out to be nothing serious.
According to an Associated Press report, worshippers have gathered at the Regina Mundi Catholic church in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, a centre of protests during apartheid, to pray for Madiba, as he was affectionately called by South Africans.
He has not been seen in public since South Africa's Football World Cup final in 2010. He is currently living in the quiet hamlet of Qunu in the rural Eastern Cape.
Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and served from 1994 to 1999, before voluntarily stepping down. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Prince William & Kate Middleton Caught Flirting In A Countryside Dinner Date [PHOTOS]
- Kate Middleton’s Mom Accused Of Being A Social Climber, Prince George Not Seen By Relatives
- 2014 US Open: Hottest Female Tennis Athletes [PHOTOS]
- Prince William & Kate Middleton Boards London Train in Casual Disguise, Royal Couple’s Incognito Plan A Huge Hit [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- MH370 Update: Australians Unveil New Map To Find The Missing Plane
- Surge in UFO Sightings in Queensland Observed; Gold Coast 'Hot Spot' of UFO Encounters
- Court Grants Indian Man Divorce Over Wife’s Insatiable Sex Demands
- ISIS Threat: Australia Terror Alert Level at 'Medium' as Saudi King Warns of Attacks in Europe in a Month
- ISIS Beheading Video of Steven Sotloff Sparks Outrage; Family Believes Footage is 'Authentic'
- 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 is iPhone Air on Sept 19 Release Date: 5 Things to Consider Before Buying
- Pricey iPhone 6 on Release Date Likely but with 3X Retina Resolution & Mobile Payment Service – Reports
- Nexus 6 Release Date Update: Moto X+1 Look Leaked, Nexus X or Shamu Moved to Demo Phase
- Google Nexus 8 Confirmed as HTC T1 aka Volantis/Flounder with Freshly-Leaked Specs & Features – Reports
- HTC One M8 for Windows Vs. Nokia Lumia Icon, The Battle Of Windows Phones
- Europe, US Next on ISIS’ Hit List, Says Saudi King; Seized ISIS Laptop Reveals Terrifying Bio-Warfare Plans
- iPhone 6 On Release Date To Feature Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE, 1GB RAM, Mobile Payment Deal With AMEX, 1334x750 Display