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Mandela Has More Tests in Third Day in South Africa Hospital

South Africa's First Black President Nelson Mandela
South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital on Dec. 8 for tests for an undisclosed medical condition. Photographer: Naashon Zalk/Bloomberg

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, spent a third day in a Pretoria hospital undergoing more medical tests.

“President Nelson Mandela had a good night’s rest,” the Presidency said in an e-mailed statement today. “He is in good hands.”

Mandela, 94, was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 8 for tests for an undisclosed medical condition. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela yesterday and found him in “good care,” according to a statement from his office yesterday.

“He is comfortable and there is no cause for alarm,” Mac Maharaj, Zuma’s spokesman, said in a phone interview. The government has declined to disclose details of the hospital where Mandela is receiving treatment to prevent a “buildup of crowds outside,” Maharaj said.

Mandela underwent exploratory surgery for an abdominal complaint in February and was hospitalized a year before that for an acute respiratory infection. After spending 27 years in prison for fighting against white minority rule, he helped negotiate a peaceful end to apartheid, taking office after the first all-race elections in 1994. He stepped down as president voluntarily in 1999.

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