Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for 'routine tests'

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Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday but aides moved quickly to scupper fears about his health, saying he was undergoing "routine" tests.

The confirmation by the Nelson Mandela Foundation of the 92-year-old's admission to the private Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg came after his grandchildren were spotted visiting the facility.

Mr Mandela's wife Graca Machel, and his personal assistant Zelda La Grange were also seen visiting the hospital. A foundation spokesman said that the former statesman was simply having a check-up after a holiday in Cape Town.

A hospital spokesman declined to comment on what health tests Mr Mandela was undergoing or whether he would be kept in overnight. Local reports suggested he had arrived at the hospital by ambulance and walked inside....

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