News / Africa

    Nelson Mandela Hospitalized for Stomach Complaint

    This photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) shows former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at his home in Johannesburg, May 16, 2011 (file photo).
    This photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) shows former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at his home in Johannesburg, May 16, 2011 (file photo).
    Mandela underwent a diagnostic procedure in a Johannesburg hospital Saturday.

    Using the former leader's affectionate clan name, President Jacob Zuma released a statement saying, "Madiba is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition."  

    The statement added the anti-apartheid icon was in no danger and is expected to leave the hospital Sunday or Monday.

    Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized for a longstanding abdominal condition.

    South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that Mandela was admitted to the hospital Saturday. His spokesman Max Maharaj explained this was not an emergency.

    “Mandela has been admitted to hospital this morning. He has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and it needs proper specialist medical attention,” said the spokesman.

    Maharaj has urged that the privacy of the 93-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner be respected.

    “And we are wishing him speedy recovery, assuring him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world. In the meantime we are requesting from the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and that of his family during this period,” he said.

    The government has refused to elaborate on Mandela’s condition, but Maharaj says further information may be released when the president receives a report from Mandela’s doctors.

    He declined to say in which hospital Mandela is being treated, but it is likely in the Johannesburg area. Mandela recently returned to the city after a 7-month stay at his family home in the Eastern Cape province village of Qunu.

    African National Congress party spokesman Keith Khoza said there is “no need to worry” and that Mandela’s treatment was pre-planned.

    Mandela was last seen in public at the closing match of the 2010 World Cup, but photographs of him with family members are released from time to time. Most recently, last September, he was photographed with his newly born great-grandson.

    Last year Mandela was hospitalized for three days for an acute respiratory infection, or bronchitis, but the government was widely condemned for inept handling of the situation. Critics said an unnecessary crisis was created because the government failed to keep the public informed.

    Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, ending racist apartheid rule.

    You May Like

    Clinton, Trump and the 'Woman’s Card'

    Ask supporters of Democratic front-runner in US presidential campaign, and they’ll tell you Republican presidential candidate is playing a dangerous hand

    Russian Censorship Group Seeks Chinese Help to Better Control Internet

    At recent Safe Internet League forum in Moscow, speakers from both nations underscored desire for authorities to further limit and control information online

    Video Makeshift Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Free classes in Islamabad park serve a few of the country’s nearly 25 million out-of-school youths; NGO cites ‘education crisis’

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
    X
    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
    Video

    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
    Video

    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
    Video

    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora