JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela spent Monday with family members in the hospital where he was being treated for a fifth day for a recurring lung infection that developed into pneumonia.
The 94-year-old former president who helped free South Africa from white minority rule has had weak lungs ever since he quarried stone on Robben Island during some of his 27 years of imprisonment, when he contracted tuberculosis.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said there was no significant change in Mandela’s condition since Sunday night, when he reported that he had spent a restful day and was comfortable.
Children wrote messages of support on stones outside his Johannesburg home: ‘‘Get well we love you.’’
Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on Wednesday.
It was his third trip to a hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and had a procedure to remove gallstones.