South African presidency says Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital for scheduled tests

Published March 09, 2013

| Associated Press

South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital for a scheduled medical check-up.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that 94-year-old Mandela went to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on Saturday afternoon.

Maharaj says doctors are conducting tests and have indicated so far that there is "no reason for any alarm."

Mandela, a leader of the fight against apartheid and a former president, was hospitalized for nearly three weeks in December before going home on Dec. 26. At that time, he was treated for a lung infection and had a surgical procedure to remove gallstones.

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