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Thursday 31 July 2014

Fears as Mandela 'stops talking'

Published 10/12/2012|05:00

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Nelson Mandela

South African leaders have issued assurances about the health of Nelson Mandela, pictured, after the 94-year-old was airlifted to hospital having reportedly stopped speaking.

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The former president spent a second day at the Pretoria hospital, where he was flown from his rural home in the Eastern Cape.

He is said to be undergoing tests following a "troubling" deterioration in his health. A source close to his family said: "He has not been talking. He is not looking good. It's clear that something is troubling him."

Jacob Zuma, the South African president, visited Mr Mandela and "found him comfortable and in good care", a statement said.

No details have been released about the specific reason for the anti-Apartheid leader's admission to hospital, or when he could be discharged. A statement said he "will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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