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Mandela Health Update; Country Is Anxious

9:30 AM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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(Pretoria, South Africa)  --  Former South African president Nelson Mandela spent a third day in a Pretoria military hospital on Monday (November 10) for medical tests and the government said the anti-apartheid leader's condition was comfortable.

President Jacob Zuma visited the 94-year-old, according to an official statement. It provided no other details of the health of South Africa's first black president, who came to power after historic all-race elections in 1994.(Pretoria, South Africa)  --  On Saturday, Zuma's office said there was no cause for alarm and that the medical treatment Mandela was receiving in the military hospital in the capital was "consistent with his age".

Mandela is a hero to many South Africans and two brief stays in hospital in the last two years have made front page news.

"I'm saying to Mandela: be strong and I hope you recover and continue to be and inspiration to the world," said local resident, Mike Makhubela.

Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital in 2011 with a respiratory condition, and again in February this year because of abdominal pains. He was released the following day after a keyhole examination showed there was nothing serious.

His frail health prevents him from making any public appearances in South Africa, although he has continued to receive high-profile domestic and international visitors including former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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