Nelson Mandela hospitalized overnight for tests

By Alexi Knock,

Former South African president Nelson Mandela was hospitalized overnight following scheduled tests.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told The Associated Press that there have been no updates on the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader’s condition since he was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday. He added that doctors believe there is no reason for people to be alarmed.

The country’s leading party, the African National Congress, said that the check-up is merely routine. A member of the party told The Associated Press, “we believe he is in capable and competent hands.”

According to Aljazeera, many are concerned because Mandela was recently hospitalized in December for three weeks for a lung infection. Mandela had gallstones removed during this time.

Mandela is known worldwide for his work during South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. The former president spent 27 years in prison. He was released in 1990 and became the country’s first democratically elected president in 1994. He served as president for five years under the African National Congress.

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