South Africans await word on Madiba’s health

Pretoria - South Africans say that they're worriedly awaiting further word about former President Nelson Mandela who has been hospitalised.

Former President Nelson Mandela who has been hospitalised for a lung infection. File photo by AP. Credit: AP

On Sunday morning, worshippers gathered at the Regina Mundi Catholic church in the Soweto area of Johannesburg to pray for the frail 94-year-old icon. The church was a centre of anti-apartheid protests and funerals.

President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Saturday that Mandela had been admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests. The military has taken over caring for the aging leader since he had a respiratory infection in 2011.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule. He became the country’s first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term. He's since retired from public life. - Sapa-AP