Johannesburg - The South African presidency says former leader Nelson
Mandela has been taken to a hospital because of a lung infection.
A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office says Mandela
had a recurrence of the illness in the last few days, and that he was
transferred to a Pretoria hospital after his condition deteriorated at about 01:30
The statement says Mandela, who is 94 years old, is in
"serious but stable" condition and is receiving expert medical care.
The anti-apartheid leader became president in South Africa's
all-race elections in 1994. His health has been failing in recent years.