Nelson Mandela hospitalized due to abdominal pains, President Jacob Zuma asks for respect of privacy

By on Feb 25, 2012 in Africa, International, Politics Comments

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized due to abdominal pains, with current South Africa President Jacob Zuma asking the public to respect the family’s privacy.

Nelson Mandela in 2007
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According to a statement at the official website of South African government on Saturday, February 25, 2012, Nelson Mandela was brought to an unnamed hospital that day, with the anti-apartheid icon’s health notably suffering in recent years.

Madiba has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention.” A statement reads at, with Mandela known as Madiba in South Africa.

“We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world. We request that all respect the privacy of Madiba and that of his family during this period.” The statement added.

“I can assure you that the former president is in good spirits and well,” Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj was quoted in reports, with Mandela receiving treatment in Johannesburg‘s Milpark hospital in January 2010 due to chest problem.

Mandela, 93, became the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid rule, and was released on February 11, 1990.

Apparently, Nelson Mandela, who received numerous awards including a Nobel Peace Prize, made his last public appearance at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

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