Former president Nelson Mandela remained in a Pretoria hospital for a third day on Monday (June 10) as South Africans, waiting for an update from officials, wished the 94-year-old well.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on Saturday (June 8) with a recurring lung infection. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits".

A growing phalanx of international and local media assembled in front of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela was believed to be staying.

Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, had accompanied him to the hospital on Saturday, the South African Press Association reported. She had cancelled a speaking engagement in London.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said a statement about Mandela's health would be issued if doctors gave him any information.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to his time on the wind-swept Robben Island prison camp near Cape Town.

Mandela spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December with a lung infection and after surgery to remove gallstones.

Social media platform Twitter was alight with comments from well-wishers in South Africa and across the world, with many commenting on the government's silence and Mandela's legacy.

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