JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital on Saturday to be treated for a "long-standing abdominal complaint", intensifying concerns about the health of the 93-year-old anti-apartheid leader.
The government said Mandela needed specialist medical treatment although the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said his admission was not an emergency and did not involve surgery.
"There's no need for panic," ANC spokesman Keith Khoza toldSouth Africa's e-News channel. "It was not an emergency admission. It was planned."
An ANC source told Reuters that Mandela, who is popularly known by his clan name, Madiba, was "not looking serious".