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Mandela’s Condition Stable After Week in Hospital: Zuma

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South Africa's First Black Leader Nelson Mandela
South Africa's first black leader Nelson Mandela. Photographer: Naashon Zalk/Bloomberg

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- Nelson Mandela’s condition is stable after he spent a week in the hospital to receive treatment for pneumonia, South African President Jacob Zuma said after visiting him today.

“Madiba is stable and we are thankful that he is responding well to treatment and that he is much better,” Zuma said, referring to the 94-year-old former president by his clan name.

Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on March 27, to treat pneumonia, the third time he’s been hospitalized in the past four months. Doctors drained fluid surrounding his lungs over the weekend.

Mandela served as the nation’s first black president for five years after the African National Congress won all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994. He spent 27 years in prison, most of it on Robben Island where he contracted tuberculosis, for opposing white minority rule.

To contact the reporter on this story: 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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