Mandela's condition "serious this time" -S.Africa government spokesman

JOHANNESBURG, June 8 Sat Jun 8, 2013 2:45am EDT

JOHANNESBURG, June 8 (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela's medical condition was "serious this time", a government spokesman told local television on Saturday.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero and the country's first black president was taken to hospital early on Saturday for a recurring lung infection.

"The situation is serious this time but doctors have assured us he is comfortable," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told television station eNCA.

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