11/06/2013 Members of the SAPS guard the entrance of Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital while Zenani Mandela arrives driving a black Mercedies Benz where former president Nelson Mandela is believed to be undrgoing treatment fr a reccuring lung infection. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Pretoria - The Pretoria hospital treating anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela received thousands of litres in emergency water deliveries on Thursday after a planned maintenance water cut lasted longer than expected, radio reported.

About 20 000 litres were rushed to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where Mandela has been receiving treatment for a lung infection for nearly two weeks, radio 702 reported late on Thursday.

An additional 10 000 litres were put on standby.

The water cut had been planned, but “it was anticipated that it wouldn't be that long”, city spokesman Blessing Manale told radio 702.

There was no comment immediately available from the hospital. - AFP