Mandela 'making steady progress'

Nelson Mandela is "making steady progress," after treatment for gallstones and a lung infection, a South African government spokesman has confirmed. The 94-year-old was hospitalised for three weeks in December 2012.

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Government: Mandela making 'steady progress'

South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela gestures from the gallery at the opening of parliament in Cape Town February 11, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Schalk van Zuydam/Pool

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones, the government said on Sunday.

"President Mandela has made steady progress and ... clinically, he continues to improve," the Office of the Presidency said in a statement, citing his medical team.

The 94-year-old was hospitalised for three weeks in December 2012 while he underwent treatment.



Mandela spent nearly three weeks in hospital

The former South African president will continue to receive treatment at his home. Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / Reuters

Nelson Mandela left hospital after almost three weeks of treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

Despite the 94-year-old's health problems, his work to change South Africa is continuing through his family.

The former president set his grandson, Mandla Mandela, the task of transforming the tribal land in the Eastern Cape that he still calls home.

Mandela 'much better', says South African Government

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is "much better", the government says, as the Nobel laureate recovers in hospital after undergoing surgery.

The presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said:

"President Jacob Zuma joined Graca Machel and members of the Mandela family in order to visit former president Mandela to wish him Happy Christmas in hospital in Pretoria this morning.

"President Zuma says he found him in good spirits.

"He shouted President Zuma's clan name 'aah Nxabalala' as he walked into the ward. He was happy to have visitors on this special day and according to President Zuma looking much better."

Doctors 'happy' with Mandela's progress

President Jacob Zuma and members of Nelson Mandela's family, including his wife Graca Machel, visited the former President in hospital this morning to wish him a happy Christmas.

We found him in good spirits. He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward. He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better. The doctors are happy with the progress that he is making.

The Mandela family truly appreciates all the support they are receiving from the public. That is what keeps them going at this difficult time.

– President Zuma
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