Today's statement was the first time that officials said Nelson Mandela is suffering from pneumonia.
South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said the former president had fluid on the lung caused by pneumonia, by he was now breathing more easily because the liquid had been "tapped".
Previous statements said he had been suffering from a lung infection.
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