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No new update on Madiba's health

The media is waiting outside the 1 Military Hospital, for an update on Nelson Mandela’s health.

This file picture taken on 7 December, 2005 shows former SA president Nelson Mandela speaking to the press during a meeting with JMPD’s Thabo Mathebula. Picture: AFP

THABA TSHWANE - Nelson Mandela's health is continuing to grab international interest, with local and foreign media still camped outside the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

The 94-year-old statesman was admitted to hospital on Saturday, and is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj on Wednesday said doctors had said Madiba was responding well to treatment, but it is not yet clear when the Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be discharged and return to his Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

Journalists at the hospital are keeping a close eye on the entrance to the facility, in the hope of seeing any official vehicles.

Security remains tight, with only authorised officials being allowed in.

In January 2011, the former president spent two nights in a Johannesburg hospital, apparently for the same lung condition.

In February, he was admitted to the Pretoria facility, where he spent one night after complaining about abdominal pains.

Mandela, the country's first black president, won the hearts of many during his efforts to unite South Africa after democracy was brokered.