Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital with abdominal pain

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela has been admitted to the hospital this Saturday following an abdominal pain, the government told news reporters today. 

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is helped on to the stage by current ANC president and presidential candidate Jacob Zuma, left, and former wife Winnie at the start of an ANC rally in Johannesburg today. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

“Madiba has had a longstanding abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

“We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world.”

The former president — affectionately known by his clan name Madiba — last appeared in public in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He was hospitalized last year for treatment of an acute respiratory infection, and continued to receive treatment at home after doctors discharged him.

Despite his rare appearances, Mandela, 93, retains his popularity and is considered the founding father and hero of South Africa’s democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of sabotage and attempts to overthrow the government under South Africa’s former apartheid regime.

Mandela was released in 1990 and served as president four years later. Hope you get well soon Madiba!

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