Mandela reported to have stopped speaking

CAPE TOWN: South African leaders issued assurances about the health of Nelson Mandela on Sunday after the 94 year-old was airlifted to hospital having reportedly stopped speaking.

The former president spent a second day at the Pretoria hospital after being flown from his rural home in the Eastern Cape.

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela is admitted to hospital, reported to undergo medical tests.

He is said to be undergoing tests following a "troubling" deterioration in his health. A source close to the family of the former president said: "He has not been talking . . . he is not looking good. It's clear that something is troubling him."

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, visited Mr Mandela and "found him comfortable and in good care", a statement said. A spokesman for Mr Zuma, Mac Maharaj, said Mr Mandela was "doing well".

No details have been released about the specific reason for the anti-apartheid leader's admission to hospital, or when he could be discharged. A statement said he "will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age".

Mr Mandela's former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and his daughter, Zindzi, reportedly attended a football match in Soweto on Saturday, leading to speculation that the situation was not an emergency.


Kgalema Motlanthe, the South African deputy president, had been scheduled to visit Mr Mandela in Qunu on Friday, but the meeting was cancelled.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, which is allied with the ruling African National Congress party, said in a statement: "We hope that it is true – as reported by the presidential spokesperson – that there is no cause for concern or alarm."

Mr Mandela was last in hospital in February for what were described as "routine tests" and later turned out to have been minor surgery to determine the cause of abdominal pain. His last public appearance was at the final of the 2010 World Cup, which his country hosted, when he toured the stadium with his third wife, Graca Machel.

Telegraph, London