Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for lung infection

  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital for the recurrence of a lung infection.

    The 94-year-old was admitted to hospital just before midnight on Wednesday.

    In December, he spent 18 days in hospital undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

    In a statement released earlier, President Jacob Zuma's office said the ex-leader was "responding positively" to treatment.

    The presidency has not identified the hospital where Mandela is being treated.

    Mandela spent 27 years in jail for leading an anti-apartheid campaign.

    His lungs are said to have been damaged during the time he worked in a prison quarry.

    After leaving prison in 1990, he led the African National Congress party to a landslide victory, marking the first time South Africa's black majority was allowed to vote.

    He was elected as South Africa's first black president in 1994 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

    Mandela stood down from his post in 1999 after serving one term, handing over to Thabo Mbeki.

    Mandela has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.

    It is the fourth time that Mandela has been admitted to hospital in just over two years.

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