Zuma said Dec. 20 during a speech in the central city of Bloemfontein that the 94-year-old former leader is receiving the “best care possible” for recurring lung infection and gallstones, which were removed on Dec. 15. Mandela’s condition was “serious” when he was admitted to hospital on Dec. 8, he said.
Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule.
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