Mandela Remains Hospitalized for 12th Day, Zuma Spokesman Says

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained hospitalized for a 12th day receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.

“His condition remains the same,” Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma, said by phone today. Although Mandela’s condition remains “serious,” he is recovering, Zuma said in a speech posted on the presidency’s website on June 16.

Mandela, 94, became South Africa’s first black president after his African National Congress won all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994. He turns 95 on July 18. Madiba, as he’s known by his clan name, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with former President F.W. de Klerk.

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