Nelson Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner. Photograph: Barbara Kinney/AFP/Getty Images
By: Reuters in Johannesburg for the guardian.co.uk,
South African anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital overnight after suffering recurrence of lung infection
The former South African president Nelson Mandela is “responding positively” to treatment for a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma’s office says.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.
“He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” a statement from Zuma’s office said on Thursday, without giving further details. Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner.
He was admitted briefly to hospital earlier this month for a checkup.
Mandela spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December with a lung infection after surgery to remove gallstones.
It was his longest stay in hospital since his release from prison in 1990 after serving 27 years for conspiring to overthrow the white-minority apartheid government.