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  • 10 December 2012, 12:37

Nelson Mandela Faces More Medical Tests

Nelson Mandela is to undergo more medical tests today, the South African government has announced.

A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office said: "Mandela had a good night's rest. The doctors will still conduct further tests today. He is in good hands."

The 94-year-old has been in hospital in the capital city Pretoria for three days - and has been receiving military medical care since 2011. The exact nature of his illness has not been revealed.

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula spoke to journalists after visiting Mr Mandela.

"He's doing very, very well," she said.

"And it is important to keep him in our prayers and also to be as calm as possible and not cause a state of panic because I think that is not what all of us need."

An earlier statement from Mr Zuma's office had said Mr Mandela was receiving care that was "consistent for his age."

Mr Mandela has suffered a series of health problems in the past and underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy for prostate cancer in 2001.

After spending 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, he became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term.

The Nobel laureate later retired from public life to live in his remote village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape area, and last made a public appearance when his country hosted the football World Cup in 2010. He has grown increasingly frail in recent years.

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