Nelson Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid and fostering racial reconciliation. An African nationalist and democratic socialist, Mandela served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997..
Mandela remains in ‘serious but stable’ condition
Reuters in Johannesburg
Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela’s condition remained unchanged at “serious but stable”, a government spokesman told local radio on Wednesday morning.
Mandela, who is spending his fifth day in hospital for a recurring lung infection, continued to receive close care from doctors,
Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj told SAFM radio.
President Jacob Zuma also plans to visit the 94-year-old global statesman, Maharaj said.
“President Zuma will be visiting him as soon as his diary allows,” he said.
Mandela was admitted in the early hours of Saturday with a recurring lung infection.
The hospital stay is his fourth since December, and there is a growing realisation among South Africa’s 53 million people that they will one day have to say goodbye to the father of the “Rainbow Nation” that Mandela tried to forge from the ashes of apartheid.