Major concern over Mandela’s health

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Johannesburg’s Milpark Hospital has been besieged by hundreds of journalists and well-wishers, following the admission of world statesman Nelson Mandela on Wednesday.

Security and police would not allow reporters near the private clinic and there has been a vale of secrecy over Mandela’s health condition.

Mandela was flown from Cape Town, where he was on holiday, and was brought to the hospital by military ambulance.

Although his Foundation said he had been admitted for “routine tests” it is unclear why he was admitted overnight.

The Star newspaper on Thursday reported that Mandela had been seen by a pulmonologist Michael Plit, an expert with diseases of the respiratory system.

A Facebook post by Mandela's granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, reads: "I really hate to see you this way. It kills me each time. Know that I'm here for you as I believe you have always been there for me. You are never alone in this. We are all with you each and every step of the way.”

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday called on South Africans to remain calm.

"Please, let's not press panic buttons unnecessarily," said party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
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