South African government officials today said there is no cause for alarm explaining that the former president had only gone for routine tests.
According to a statement released by the office of the president, Jacob Zuma, the 94-year-old Mandela was doing well and there was “no cause for alarm”.
The statement from the South African government went on to explain that, “as said before, former president Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age.”
The statement also appealed to the media and to the public to respect the privacy of Mandela and his family.
In January last year, Madiba, as he is fondly called, was treated for a serious chest infection, and a year later underwent a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem.
He served as South Africa’s first black president between 1994 and 1999, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
The African Economist wishes Madiba a speedy recovery.