Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection, the office of South African President Jacob Zuma says. According to a statement on the former president’s website, he had a lung infection for several days. His condition deteriorated on Saturday morning and he was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. He is said to be in a “serious but stable condition”. Mr Mandela, 94, has recently suffered a series of health problems. His illness is described as a recurrence of a lung infection, which has troubled him repeatedly over recent years. Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was taken to hospital at about 01:30 local time.
Doctors were doing everything possible to make him comfortable.