Nelson Mandela Hospitalized for the Fourth Time

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Johannesburg, the South African government announced that the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was hospitalized early Saturday morning and will be treated for a recurring lung infection.

The frail 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in hospital for the fourth time in less than a year created an intense concern about his health.

President Jacob Zuma said in a statement early today, that the formerpresident Nelson Mandela had a recurring lung infection and it was about 1.30 a.m. (SouthAfrican time) that his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria Hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Nelson Mandela has been suffering from chronic lung problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting apartheid. He emerged from prison during 1990 and led the African National Congress in negotiations and in 1994; he was elected the first black president of South Africa.

He stepped aside after serving one term inoffice and has been absent from public life since 2004. As his health deteriorated over the last year, two of his daughters have created an increasingly embarrassing battle over his legacy and money.

Written by Laura Oneale

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