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Mandela spends 4th night in hospital

Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment for a lung infection in a Pretoria hospital.

Statesman Nelson Mandela. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela has spent another night in Pretoria's 1 Military Hospital as he continues to receive treatment for a lung infection.

The 94-year-old was admitted on Saturday after being flown from his Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape.

The presidency initially said Madiba was undergoing routine tests consistent with a man of his age.

But presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj confirmed on Tuesday, that tests had revealed Madiba was suffering from a recurrence of a previous lung infection, however said he was responding to treatment.

On Wednesday, security closely guarded the entrances at the Thaba Tshwane hospital, to ensure only authorised people were allowed access to the building where Madiba is still recovering.

The presidency said he was responding to treatment, but it is unclear how much longer he will be staying there before he can return to his rural hometown.

Medical experts said a lung infection is common for someone of Madiba's age.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has had two major health scares in the past two years which created panic across the nation and the world.

The most recent was in February when he was admitted for routine tests.

Madiba served as South Africa's first democratic president for one term, and his role in securing freedom for all South Africans under the apartheid regime has significantly touched many lives.