Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

Africa’s foremost elder statesman, Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital for tests “consistent with his old age” and is doing well, president Jacob Zuma’s office announced Saturday.

“Former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests,” Jacob Zuma’s office announced. While reassuring all, the statement continued, “He is doing well and there is no cause for alarm”.

“Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age,” said the statement.

Zuma himself wished Mandela the best, assuring his medical team of “our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding President of a free and democratic South Africa.”

The revered statesman, who turned 94 in July, has not appeared in public since South Africa’s Football World Cup final in 2010.