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.
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.

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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.