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Madiba's privacy respected

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the call for privacy has been well adhered to.

Former statesman Nelson Mandela.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency on Friday praised the media and members of the public for respecting the privacy of former president Nelson Mandela, as he spent a third night in hospital.

Madiba was admitted to an undisclosed facility before midnight on Wednesday for a recurring lung infection.

The presidency said he is in good spirits and is making steady progress.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the call for privacy has been adhered to, even on social networks.

"Some feel that we should disclose the location of the hospital," said Maharaj.

"We have not done so, very consciously, because we want to ensure that the doctors are focused on their job.

"And secondly, we want to ensure the privacy of Madiba and his family."