Mr Mandela has been a victim of frail health for months now. He has received hospital treatment several times in recent years.
“During the past few days former president Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection. This morning at about 1.30 a.m. his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition,” the statement from the President’s office reads.
The statement further confirmed that 94-year-old Mandela is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable. President Zuma has wishes Madiba a speedy recovery.
The legend has been hospitalized three times during the past four months, including a spell of 19 days in December, when he was treated for a lung infection and had surgery for gallstones.
“Of course I have been saying to people, you should bear in mind Madiba is no longer that young and if he goes for check-ups every now and again, I don’t think people must be alarmed about it… I would like to really say the country must not panic,” Zuma earlier told the media.