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Nelson Mandela: Ex-SA President In Hospital
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital for tests.
The country's government said Mr Mandela, 94, had been taken to hospital in Pretoria for routine checks, adding that there was no cause for alarm.
The anti-apartheid icon is known to be in frail health and has not made public appearances for some years.
He was last taken to hospital in February after suffering from persistent abdominal pain. He was released the following day after a keyhole examination showed there was nothing seriously wrong with him.
A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office about his re-admittance to hospital in South Africa's administrative capital gave no details of the condition of the former leader.
"Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age," said Mr Zuma's office.
"President Zuma assures all that Madiba is doing well and there is no cause for alarm," it added, referring to Mr Mandela by his clan name.
Mr Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his fight against white minority rule under apartheid, becoming the country's first black president in 1994 at the end of white minority rule.
He turned 94 in July and has not appeared in public since South Africa's Football World Cup Final in 2010 because of his frail health.
However, in the last few months he has continued to receive high-profile visitors, including former US President Bill Clinton and Mr Clinton's wife Hillary, the US Secretary of State.
Since retiring from public life, Mr Mandela has spent most of his time in his ancestral home in Qunu, a village in the impoverished Eastern Cape province.
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what do you think?
" impoverished Eastern Cape " ? it wasn`t when I was there. What went wrong ?
Hmmmm yes i wonder...
It still gets me how the worl hero worships this man, he was a terrorist, and yes I have lived in SA before anyone gets on their high horse about not knowing the situation out there.
You can thank the BBC for that ray. Not everyone feels that way. Some are able to make up their own minds, they just have to keep quiet about it for fear of being given a nasty label.
Not sure about him but ex wife Winnie is a nasty piece of work. She has been implicated in several "tyre necklace" atrocities in her community where innocent men were burned to death on a whim.
A colleague of mine returned to working in the British coalmines after a spell in the South African goldmines, he couldn't stomach how the blacks were treated like animals by the ruling white South Africans.
I never saw anything like that.
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I do not know what was in the deleted post but believe me on one thing about living in Africa and treating them like animals ; you make an enemy of an african at your own peril. Understood ?
It saddens me to read these comments . I have never been there and was kinda hoping things had got better but doesn't look like they have :(
Mandela did, indeed, resort to terrorist methods back in the 1950s, preferring to rely on small groups of 'freedom fighter' rather than build a mass movement. His plans were to have a capitalist SA shared between white AND black capitalists, which is pretty much what you see now. The people he supports - such as current president Zuma - also support the further exploitation of workers, hence their stance on the widespread, growing (and successful) miners' strikes. What Mandela's era brought was an end to racial apartheid, but he introduced an economic apartheid, just so the black middle class could share some of the spoils with the capitalists who have always exploited SA.