Mandela Hospitalized for 10th Day for Treatment of Lung Ailment

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, remained in the hospital for a 10th day where he is being treated for a recurrent lung infection.

Although his healths remains “serious,” he is recovering, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a speech posted on the presidency’s website yesterday. “He continues to engage with family.”

Security at the Pretoria hospital, where he was admitted on June 8, remained tight, the South African Press Association reported today. Police officers are searching all vehicles entering the premises, the Johannesburg-based news agency said.

Mandela, 94, served as South Africa’s first black president after his African National Congress won the all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994. He spent 27 years in prison, most of it on Robben Island, where he contracted tuberculosis. Also known by his clan name of Madiba, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Mandela is being hospitalized for the fourth time since December. In April, he left hospital after 10 days of treatment for pneumonia to receive home-based care.

Mandela is receiving messages of support from people round the world by phone, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail, his wife Graca Machel said in comments e-mailed by the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory today.

“We have felt the closeness of the world and the deepest meaning of strength and peace,” she said.

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