Nightly News   |  March 09, 2013

Nelson Mandela back in the hospital

NBC’s Rohit Kachroo joins Lester Holt with more on Nelson Mandela’s health.

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>>> former south african president nelson mandela is back in the hospital tonight. the 94-year-old was admitted earlier today for routine tests. nbc is in johannesburg tonight with the latest.

>> reporter: lester, the briefest of statements from the office of jacob zuma the president of south africa , just 55 words long, but it says that nelson mandela was admitted to hospital today. it says that there's no reason for anyone to be alarmed, but it adds the tests that he's undergone and they're in line with a man of his age. he's 94 years old, and in line with the pre-existing medical condition that he has. what might that be? he is incredibly frail. and we know that just before christmas he was admitted to the hospital to be treated for a lung condition, and for gallstones, too. his family has been spotted this week going about their business, but he's rarely seen in public these days. nevertheless, the spokesman for jacob zuma , the south african president , says there is absolutely no reason for anyone here to be alarmed. lester?

>> row hit cat rue, tonight.