Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is spending his second day having ‘routine medical tests’ in hospital in Johannesburg.

The former president of South Africa was admitted yesterday and is reported to be being treated by a specialist pulmonologist who treats respiratory disorders.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the 92-year-old’s ex-wife, Winnie, arrived at Milpark hospital this morning and senior members of the governing African National Congress (ANC) are reportedly due to visit.

As media hype mounted about the health of Mandela, the ANC appealed for calm and insisted Mandela was not in danger.

“He is a 92-year-old and will have ailments associated with his age and the fact that he stayed the night should not suggest the worst,” a spokesman, Jackson Mthembu, said.

“We urge people not to make unfounded statements. Let’s remain calm and not press panic buttons because there is no reason to do so.”

He added: “We appeal, particularly to the media fraternity, to refrain from making unfounded and unwarranted speculation in relation to Madiba’s [his clan name] health.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation declined to comment on his health today. Earlier it had said: “We can confirm that Mr Mandela is at Milpark hospital undergoing routine tests. He is in no danger and is in good spirits.”

The traffic caused by the news of Mandela’s hospitalisation caused Police to be called in to control the hordes of photographers, journalists, and television crews.

Mandela’s family members, including his wife Graca Machel, visited the hospital. But a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma said he would remain at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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