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Nelson Mandela doing well after being hospitalised

"DOING WELL": Nelson Mandela

FORMER SOUTH African President Nelson Mandela is said to be “doing well” after being hospitalised over the weekend.

Spokesman Mac Maharaj said the 94-year-old, who was admitted to Pretoria hospital on Saturday [Dec 9], was "comfortable" following a night of rest.

Maharaj also confirmed to the BBC that the noble peace prize winner had to “undergo tests”, without giving further details on his medical condition. He added that the race campaigners stint in the hospital was “no cause for alarm.”

Under South Africa's apartheid regime, Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of sabotage and attempts to overthrow the government.

He was released in 1990 and went on to become the country’s first black president in 1994.

The United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day in 2009.

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