South Africa’s Mandela Spends Night in Hospital

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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People in South Africa are expressing concern for former South African president Nelson Mandela after he spent the night in a Pretoria hospital.

A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office says the 94-year-old former leader was admitted Saturday for tests “consistent with his age.” The statement says there is “no cause for alarm.”

Worshippers gathered at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto Sunday to offer prayers for the iconic leader.

Mr. Mandela has grown frail and has not made a public appearance in several years.

In February, he was briefly hospitalized for abdominal pain.

Mr. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994. Prior to becoming president, he spent 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid.