The first black president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, was hospitalized last night, although Mandela Foundation says it is only “a routine check.” The station Talk Radio 702 reported that the former president was treated by pulmonologists, which is why family and friends fear he could be suffering from pneumonia.
Due to the population’s concern, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said in a public speech: “We ask people not to make baseless claims. We must remain calm and we do not have to expand the panic, there is no reason for that.”
The leader was flown to Milpark hospital, located in Johannesburg. Although the emeritus archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, claimed to have seen the former president “fragile,” Mandela Foundation affirms the leader’s life “is not in danger.”
Mandela has Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer. The last time he was seen publicly was in the 2010 World Cup, when he attended a game at the stadium.