A statement from the President Jacob Zuma’s
office said that tests revealed “a recurrence of a previous lung
After spending 27 years in prison for fighting against
white minority rule, Mandela helped negotiate a peaceful end to
apartheid, taking office after the first all-race elections in
1994. He stepped down as president voluntarily in 1999.
Machel (his wife) said in an interview with Johannesburg-based eNews
Channel Africa that Mandela’s aging is painful to witness.
“The spirit and the sparkle, you see that somehow it’s
fading,” she told the broadcaster.
Mandela underwent exploratory surgery for an abdominal
complaint in February and was hospitalized a year before that
for an acute respiratory infection.
God heal Mandela!