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Nelson Mandela. Photo: AP

Mandela has pneumonia, breathing 'without difficulty'

 Nelson Mandela was comfortable and breathing without difficulty after being treated for pneumonia, the presidency said on Saturday as the anti-apartheid icon spent a third day in hospital.

The 94-year-old had fluid drained from his chest which “has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said in a statement. “

"He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable.”