March 28th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Mandela back in hospital with lung infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is conscious after his admission to a hospital for a recurring lung infection, the president's office said Thursday.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to the hospital just before midnight Wednesday, his second hospitalization this month.

The anti-apartheid icon and nation's first black president has become increasingly frail over the years, and he has not appeared in public since 2010.