Nelson Mandela, former South African President, was hospitalized before midnight Wednesday, the South African authorities reported today.
Earlier, in December, Mandela, 94, has already spent some in hospital with gallstones and undisclosed lung infection. The doctors said it was mere routine medical examination.
This time, the reason for being in the hospital is the persisting lung infection, and officials do not make haste to release the details.
Mandela has been living in his home town Qunu, and the images of him were published once in a while by the government, especially after high-profile guests meet with him.
Although Mandela has been rarely seen in public recently, he remains rather popular among his countrymen.
He is credited for a change among races relations in South Africa, the reason due to which he was awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Mandela became first South Africa's black president in 1994.
"We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts," South African President Jacob Zuma said in the statement.
"We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery".
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