Mandela remains in hospital

Former South African president spent his fourth night in hospital for a lung infection

It has been reported that Nelson Mandela (94) was re-admitted to hospital shortly before midnight on Wednesday, due to a recurring lung infection. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

It has been reported that Nelson Mandela (94) was re-admitted to hospital shortly before midnight on Wednesday, due to a recurring lung infection. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Sun, Mar 31, 2013, 09:25

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital while he receives treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said there had been no updates on the 94-year-old since an official statement on his condition yesterday.

That reported the anti-apartheid leader was breathing without difficulty after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area.

Mr Mandela was admitted to a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, near midnight on Wednesday.

It was his third trip to hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and had a procedure to remove gallstones.

Earlier in March, he spent a night in a hospital for what officials said was a scheduled medical test.