February 25th, 2012
04:41 AM ET

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in South Africa

South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital Saturday following an abdominal complaint, the government said.

"Madiba has had a longstanding abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

The former president - affectionately known by his clan name Madiba - last appeared in public in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Despite his rare appearances, Mandela, 93, retains his popularity and is considered the founding father and hero of South Africa's democracy.

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  1. saywhat

    Hate, the most destructive of emotions both to the one who harbors it and for those around that person is becoming disturbingly manifest in our society. Just look at some of the posts on this and other blogs.

    Even our politicians seem to draw 'strength' from this poison.

    February 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    It is a false strength that will eventually consume them and burn them up.
    It's a wasteful emotion...totally useless.

    February 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. leeintulsa

    @saywhat: it's actually getting better – the silent majority doesn't hate.. i don't think.. lol..

    but when you think of what it used to be like, we've made huge strides as a society..

    the empty can rattles the most..

    February 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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