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December 11, 2012 at 7:52 AM
A A A (resize font) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) - Nelson Mandela's current hospitalization is due to a lung infection, authorities said Tuesday.

Doctors were treating Mandela and he was responding to treatment, a statement from President Jacob Zuma's office said.

Mandela, 94, was hospitalized over the weekend at a Pretoria facility but the exact nature of his ailment had not been released.

Tuesday's statement said he had a recurrence of a previous lung infection.

Mandela has not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa. The former president gets round-the-clock care after abdominal surgery this year and an acute respiratory infection in 2011.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent 27 years in prison for fighting against oppression of blacks in South Africa. He became the nation's first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed from prison.

Despite his rare appearances, Mandela retains his popularity and is considered a hero of democracy in the nation.

Just last month, South Africa launched a new batch of banknotes with a picture of a smiling Mandela on the front.

The new 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 rand banknotes all feature pictures of the global icon.


  • FromAtoZ
    December 11, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Just saw this on the news.

    Pneumonia at that age is never a good sign.

  • Sisteract
    December 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    So many aged folks succumb to pneumonia- bed rest only makes problems worse.

  • Billiejeens
    December 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    As long as he doesn't break a hip, that breaking a hip deal, straight downhill from there.

  • mikiemom
    December 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    Bless him, hoping for a speedy recovery but at his age :(
  • krysstizzle
    December 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Oh man. :( I didn't realize he was already 94. 

  • JonJon
    by JonJon
    December 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I'm sad to say I'm throwing him into my 2012 Dead Pool.

  • JakeandEmmasMom
    December 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

     How sad.  At 94 his odds really aren't good.  :(

  • Sisteract
    December 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    He doesn't need the broken hip- he has already progressed to pneumonia- I hope they can get him and moving-

    Quoting Billiejeens:

    As long as he doesn't break a hip, that breaking a hip deal, straight downhill from there.

  • rfurlongg
    December 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM
    Considering his life and all he has been through, living to 94 is extraordinary. I hope he does not suffer and I hope his passing his peaceful and surrounded with love.

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