South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has broken its silence on the condition of former president. Nelson Mandela is being admitted in Milpark Hospital in the commercial capital Johannesburg on Wednesday.
In a statement, Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe said Mandela was undergoing what he called “a few” specialised tests and investigations, and that there is “medically no need for panic.”
“Given the medical history of our former president, his health over the last few years and his age, these tests are necessary in order to provide optimal health care,” he said.
“We may recall that he suffered from tuberculosis whilst on Robben Island and has had previous respiratory infections,” Motlanthe said, assuring South African and the world that Mandela “is in high spirits, and has been visited by his family and friends.”
Just a week ago, South African authorities expressed concern about tweets on Mandela’s death.