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Nelson Mandela Treated For Lung Infection
Nelson Mandela is responding to medical treatment after suffering a recurrence of a lung infection, the South African government has said.
The 94-year-old former president is spending his fourth day in hospital in Pretoria after being flown there from his home village in a remote part of the Eastern Cape province.
Referring to Mr Mandela by his clan name, the government said in a statement: "Doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment and he is responding to the treatment."
The former president was admitted to hospital on Saturday and is said to have suffered breathing difficulties since 2011.
In an interview late on Monday, Mr Mandela's wife Graca Machel said it was painful to see him growing more frail.
"I mean, this spirit and this sparkle, you see that somehow it's fading," she told eNews Channel Africa
"To see him ageing, it's something also which pains you. You understand and you know it has to happen."
South African President Jacob Zuma has said Mr Mandela is "in good hands" and has thanked the public for their support.
The country's government has asked its citizens to respect the beloved politician's privacy.
Mr Mandela is a national icon of racial reconciliation after he spent 27 years in prison fighting apartheid and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner made his last public appearance at the 2010 football World Cup hosted by South Africa.