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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to the hospital in South Africa and his condition is listed as “serious but stable,” according to a presidential spokesperson.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Mandela, 94, has been battling a recurring lung infection, but his condition deteriorated rapidly Saturday. Mandela, affectionately called Madiba, is able to “breathe on his own,” according to spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

“As long as Tata [father] is still alive then poor people like me, people who are down down, single mothers like me, we still have hope,” said Mamoshomo Tswai, a trader in Pretoria. “South Africa is nothing without him.”

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