ANC wishes hospitalised Mandela well

2013-06-08 10:11
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Johannesburg - The African National Congress wished former president Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery after he was admitted to hospital on Saturday.

"We send to him our well wishes for a speedy recovery so that he may soon be discharged to return to the care and comfort of his home," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in a statement.

The presidency said Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition after being admitted to a Pretoria hospital early on Saturday morning due to a recurring lung infection.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela's condition deteriorated this morning at about 01.30.

"He remains in a serious but stable condition," he said.

Doctors were doing everything they could to make Mandela "better and comfortable".

Mthembu said: "The ANC hopes and trusts that president Mandela and his family will be afforded the necessary respect and privacy while he is in hospital, we have no doubt that Tata will continue to receive expert medical care and attention at this time."

On April 6, Mandela was discharged from hospital after spending nine days receiving treatment for recurring lung problems. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has suffered lung ailments before.

Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up and was discharged the following day.

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