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Mandela Remains in Hospital for Pneumonia Treatment

A woman walks pass a sign supporting former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A woman walks pass a sign supporting former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained in an undisclosed hospital for a sixth day as he recovered from pneumonia.

The government didn’t give an update on his condition today. Mandela’s family visited him after his condition improved over the weekend, Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma, said yesterday.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to the hospital before midnight on March 27 to treat pneumonia, and doctors performed a procedure to drain his lungs of liquid during the weekend. The nation’s first black president has been hospitalized three times since December, including a scheduled check-up last month.

South Africans shouldn’t have a “lot of anxiety” regarding Mandela’s health, Zuma said in a pre-recorded interview broadcast on CNBC Africa today. The country must “take it easy” and the former president will eventually return to his home, he said.

Mandela served as president for five years after the African National Congress in 1994 won the first elections since the end of all-white, minority rule. He spent 27 years in prison, most of it on Robben Island where he contracted tuberculosis, for his opposition to apartheid.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tshepiso Mokhema in Johannesburg at tmokhema@bloomberg.net; Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

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