Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

MEDICAL tests conducted on ailing former president Nelson Mandela have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

Mr Mandela, 94, was admitted to 1 Military Hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria on Saturday. He was in hospital in January last year for an acute chest infection, a development accompanied by clumsy media communication that led to a frenzy of speculation about his health.

President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Monday that Mr Mandela was receiving treatment to which he was responding.

It is the second time this year that Mr Mandela has been in hospital, after being treated for an abdominal complaint in February.

At the weekend, the news that Mr Mandela — who has largely been out of public view since the 2010 Soccer World Cup — had been admitted to hospital featured in newspaper headlines around the world.

The news also trended on Twitter, with users speculating furiously about Mr Mandela’s health and debating the right of the public to know more.

Mr Zuma on Monday urged South Africans to continue giving support to the Mandela family.