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|Subject: South Africa: Former president Nelson Mandela, hospitalized, "goes Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:00 pm|| |
Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was hospitalized on Saturday for treatment of a "long-standing abdominal pain," said the South African government. The spokesman of the presidency said it was "good."
In a statement, the government said that Mandela, 93 years old, needs special medical treatment. The communiqué wish a speedy recovery to the figure of the anti-apartheid struggle, and provides no further details. "President Jacob Zuma wishes to announce that former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to the hospital today, February 25, 2012," said a statement from the presidency.
A spokesman for the ANC, the ruling party, announced that Nelson Mandela will not be operated on and his hospitalization was planned. "There is no need to panic," said Keith Khosa to the television channel E-News. "This is not an emergency hospitalization. This was expected, "he said, denying rumors that Nelson Mandela would have been made.
No public appearance since July 2010
"I can not comment further, but I can assure you that the former president in good spirits and is doing well," said e-News to the spokesman of the Presidency, Mac Maharaj. "I will not go into details because we want to preserve the privacy of the family of President Mandela and himself and avoid rumors, we try to be proactive," he added, ensuring that the Chair would keep the country abreast of developments.
Mandela, whose health is fragile, spent several days at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg last year because of an acute respiratory infection. Since this hospital, "Madiba" made no public appearance, and spent his time between Johannesburg and its village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape Province, in south-eastern African country.
Nelson Mandela appeared for the last time in public at the final World Cup soccer, organized by South Africa in July 2010. Nelson Mandela had spent several months in her village in Eastern Cape where he had gone to celebrate his 93rd birthday in January and had returned home to Johannesburg in late January.
"We pledge the love and good wishes of all South Africans"
"We wish him a speedy recovery and we pledge of love and good wishes of all South Africans and people around the world," said the statement from the presidency, asking that "everyone respects the privacy of Madiba and his family during this time. "
Imprisoned for twenty-seven years by the racist regime of apartheid, Nobel Peace prize in 1993, Nelson Mandela was the first president of South Africa after apartheid from 1994 to 1999. He retired in 1999 after a single term.