Nelson Mandela Returns to Hospital with Lung Infection

VOANEWS: Former South African president Nelson Mandela is back the hospital for treatment of a lung infection.

A statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office says Mr. Mandela was admitted late Wednesday with a recurrence of the infection that put him in the hospital for three weeks in December. During that stay, he also had surgery to remove gallstones.

Mr. Zuma on Thursday wished the 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate a quick recovery, and expressed confidence in Mr. Mandela’s medical team.

Mr. Mandela spent nearly three decades in prison for opposing apartheid in South Africa and became a symbol of the nation’s peaceful transition to a democratic government after decades of suppression by the white minority. He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

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