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Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been hospitalized due to a lung infection.
South African authorities said Tuesday that the 94-year-old is currently at the One Military Hospital in Pretoria, where he is being treated for a recurrence of a lung infection, reports South Africa’s SABC News.
The statement comes after Mandela was hospitalized over the weekend. According to CNN, President Jacob Zuma’s office did not reveal the reason until Tuesday’s statement.
Zuma’s office said that Mandela was responding to treatments and thanked the public for their support.
The Independent reports that Mandela’s third wife, Graça Machel told eNews Channel Africa that she could see that his spirit and sparkle seemed to be fading.
“I mean, this spirit and this sparkle, you see that somehow it's fading,” she said. “To see him aging, it's something also which pains you ... You understand and you know it has to happen.”
Mandela has not made a public appearance since South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup. He had an acute respiratory infection in 2011 and underwent abdominal surgery earlier this year.
He is still a popular figure in South Africa and now appears on several new currency notes issued by the government last month.