Madiba treated for lung infection

Former President Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection, says Presidency.

Former President Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection, says Presidency.

JOHANNESBURG - It has been confirmed former President Nelson Mandela is being treated for a lung infection.

In a statement released earlier, the Presidency said tests have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection.

The 94-year-old was admitted to One Military hospital near Pretoria on Saturday.

The first confirmation on Madiba's health comes four days after his hospitalisation.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj says doctors have concluded their tests and treatment is now being administered.

"Doctors have concluded the tests and these have revealed a recurrence of a lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment, and he is responding to the treatment.

President Zuma thanks the public for the continuous support to former president Nelson Mandela."

Security remains tight at the hospital and there has been no sign of any high profiled guests visiting the global icon.

On Sunday, Zuma visited Mandela at the hospital.

Zuma urged South Africans not to panic as the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was confortable.

On Monday, locals and tourists flocked to Mandela's house in Vilakazi Street in Soweto to send well wishes.

Locals said they were keeping Madiba in their thoughts and prayers.

Mandela is celebrated all over the world for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.

In January, he was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for a check-up.