Nelson Mandela Hospitalized, 'Comfortable'

Jacob Zuma visits 94-year-old former president

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 9, 2012 5:59 AM CST

(Newser) – South Africans prayed today for the health of former President Nelson Mandela and anxiously awaited further word about the anti-apartheid leader after he was admitted to a military hospital. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela this morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the frail 94-year-old to be "comfortable and in good care," a spokesman said, offering no other details about Mandela.

The continued uncertainty about Mandela's health saw worshipers gather this morning in Johannesburg to pray for him at Regina Mundi Catholic church, a center of anti-apartheid protests and funerals. "Yes, it really worries us because he is a great person," says a churchgoer. "He did so many things to the country, he's one of those persons who we remember most." Mandela last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup. A statement from Zuma's office yesterday announced that Mandela had been hospitalized for tests and was receiving medical care "which is consistent for his age."

People walk past a mural of Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. South Africa’s presidency says that Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital Saturday.
People walk past a mural of Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. South Africa’s presidency says that Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital Saturday.   (Jon Gambrell)
A man readies his shop near a mural of Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. South Africa’s presidency says that Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital Saturday.
A man readies his shop near a mural of Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. South Africa’s presidency says that Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital Saturday.   (Jon Gambrell)
In this June 17, 2010 file photo, Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In this June 17, 2010 file photo, Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.   (Siphiwe Sibeko)
In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, Nelson Mandela celebrates his birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa.
In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, Nelson Mandela celebrates his birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa.   (Schalk van Zuydam)
A woman walks past a mural showing  Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
A woman walks past a mural showing Nelson Mandela in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.   (Jon Gambrell)
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