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Madiba spends second night in hospital

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital due to a reoccurring lung infection which dates back to 20 years.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is pictured on July 17, 2012 at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on the eve of his 94th birthday. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africans wait for an update on Nelson Mandela's health, family members have once again arrived at the Pretoria facility where it is understood he is being treated for a reoccurring lung infection.

The Presidency issued a statement on Saturday morning saying the 94-year-old had been ill for the past few days and his condition had deteriorated.

He was then taken to hospital.

It is Madiba's fourth hospitalisation since December.

However, the Presidency is yet to provide any official update on Sunday.

Madiba's relatives arrived at the facility on Sunday morning and were only seen leaving the premises in the early afternoon.

Another group of visitors returned around 3:30pm.

Meanwhile, the Presidency earlier said it might provide an update on Madiba's health but attempts to contact Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj have been unsuccessful in the last few hours.

When he last spoke to Eyewitness News he said he was still waiting for updates from his doctors.

Meanwhile, the FW de Klerk Foundation says it will continue to pray for Mandela.

The foundation's Dave Steward says, "Together with all South Africans we are following the news very carefully and we are hoping that everything will work out well although we do accept that Madiba's is now 94-years-old."

World leaders and political parties have wished Madiba a speedy recovery.

At the same time, Madiba's Houghton home was abuzz with activity all day as well-wishers stopped by to drop off messages of support for the statesman.