'Madiba has a lung infection'

Former President Nelson Mandela. Picture SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency on Tuesday said tests had revealed former president Nelson Mandela had a recurrence of a previous lung infection.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said, “Today's tests have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment which he is responding to.”
Maharaj said Zuma thanked the public for their continuous support to the father of the national and his immediate family.

Madiba was admitted to the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Monday, after he was flown from his Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

The Presidency at the time said he was undergoing "routine tests” consistent with a man of his age.

President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old was "comfortable and in good care”, after paying him a visit on Monday.

In January 2011, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital with a respiratory infection, leading to intense speculation about his health.

In February this year, the statesman spent a night in a Pretoria hospital for routine tests. 

Mandela served as South Africa's first democratic president between 1994 and 1999 and was awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his contribution towards ensuring freedom for all South Africans.

He has received well wishes from around the world.