Mandela in hospital for tests 'consistent with his age'

New health scare for Nelson Mandela
New health scare for Nelson Mandela


    New health scare for Nelson Mandela


New health scare for Nelson Mandela 02:24

Story highlights

  • Nelson Mandela is undergoing tests in a hospital in Pretoria, President Jacob Zuma says
  • Mandela, 94, is doing well and there is no cause for alarm, Zuma says
  • The former president is a Nobel laureate who fought against racial segregation

South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests, but there is "no cause for alarm," President Jacob Zuma said Saturday.

Mandela "is doing well," Zuma said in a statement. "The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa."

Mandela, 94, will receive medical attention "from time to time, which is consistent with his age," Zuma said.

Mandela, a Nobel laureate, spent 27 years in prison for fighting against racial segregation in South Africa. He was elected president in 1994, four years after he was freed from prison.