Dec. 10 Photo Brief: Ikea monkey, FedEx expects busiest day today, Nelson Mandela in the hospital
Ikea monkey caught, FedEx expects to move 19 million packages today, Nelson Mandela undergoes more tests in the hospital and more in today’s daily brief.
Mandela faces more tests in hospital
John Mkhize | Reuters
10:29 a.m. EST, December 10, 2012
PRETORIA (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president and revered anti-apartheid leader, is to undergo more tests in hospital on Monday after having a good rest on his second night in the facility, the government said.
A statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the Nobel Peace laureate on Sunday, gave no details other than to say, “President Mandela had a good night’s rest” and was “in good hands”. It also thanked members of the public for their messages of support.
Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told reporters after paying Mandela a visit in Pretoria’s “1 Military” hospital that he was doing “very, very well”. The military is responsible for the health of sitting and former South African presidents.
Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a global symbol of resistance to racism and injustice, spent 27 years in apartheid prisons, including 18 years on the windswept Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town.