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Nelson Mandela has lung infection

  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela is being treated for a lung infection.

    Mandela, 94, was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Pretoria, on Saturday.

    Tests revealed a "recurrence of a previous lung infection", presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

    Maharaj added that Mandela is receiving "appropriate treatment" and is responding to it.

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

    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.

    Last January, he was treated for a chest infection and a year later underwent a procedure for an abdominal problem.