Mandela hospitalised this morning
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital this morning and officials there have described his condition as serious but stable.
It is reported that the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner has been ill for several days, but was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria after his condition deteriorated overnight.
It is believed that his latest hospitalisation is due to a recurring lung infection.
A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma says Mandela is able to breathe on his own and called this a positive sign.
He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years.
In April, Mandela was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia.
He led the fight against apartheid and is regarded as the father of democratic South Africa.
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