Ex-South African president De Klerk hospitalized for lung ailment

FILE PHOTO: Former South African President FW de Klerk addresses a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa, July 26, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk has been hospitalized for a lung condition but is recovering and is expected to be discharged next week, his foundation said on Saturday.

De Klerk, 82, his country’s most recent white president, became Nobel laureate jointly with his successor, Nelson Mandela, in 1993 for overseeing its transition from apartheid rule.

He was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Friday with pneumothorax, “an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall,” his foundation said in a statement.

Pneumothorax is normally…

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