For all those who love nelson Mandela, the mourning of this great African Icon has already started. He has been dying slowly for years and I am sure this will make it easier for people to deal with his death when the time finally arrives.
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection, the office of South African President Jacob Zuma says.
In a statement on its website, it said the former president had had a lung infection for several days.
His condition deteriorated on Saturday morning and he was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. He is said to be in a “serious but stable condition”.
Mr Mandela, 94, has recently suffered a series of health problems.
His illness is described as a recurrence of a lung infection, which has troubled him repeatedly over recent years.
He was taken to hospital at about 01:30 local time.
In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia.