Entries in President Jacob Zuma (2)


Nelson Mandela Hospitalized with Lung Infection

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is in "serious but stable condition" after contracting a lung infection, South Africa officials said.

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner's "condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital," early Saturday morning according to statement from the office of South African President Jacob Zuma.

"The former President is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable," the statement said. "President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the nation, wishes Madiba a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family," Zuma said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

Mandela spent 18 days in April in the hospital due to a lung infection and was treated for gall stones in December 2012.

Mandela served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

In 1993, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending apartheid through non-violent means.

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South African President Visits Nelson Mandela

Photo Courtesy - Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- South Africa's president paid a visit to Nelson Mandela Tuesday, just four days after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was discharged from the hospital.

President Jacob Zuma, who returned to the country Monday night after attending meetings at the World Economic Forum and the African Union, went to go see Mandela at his home in Johannesburg.  Mandela has been home since last Friday, when he was released from the hospital to receive medical care at home.

The 92-year-old former South African president was admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg on Jan. 26 after developing a persistent cough while vacationing with his wife.  He underwent several specialized medical tests while he was in the hospital.

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