Mandela in satisfactory condition - presidency

2012-02-25 18:02

Johannesburg -  Former president Nelson Mandela was "not in any danger" and was in a "satisfactory condition" in hospital, the presidency said on Saturday afternoon after he was admitted to hospital.

He was expected to be discharged on Sunday or Monday.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former president Nelson Mandela is in a satisfactory condition in hospital and is comfortable," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"Madiba is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age. He was in good health before admission in hospital, but doctors felt the complaint needed a thorough investigation.

"He underwent a diagnostic procedure as part of his ongoing medical management.

"We are happy that he is not in any danger and thank the doctors for their hard work and professionalism. He is receiving good medical care and is expected to be discharged from hospital either tomorrow [Sunday] or Monday," said the presidency.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning for a "long-standing abdominal complaint", Maharaj said.

"We reiterate the request for the privacy of Madiba and his family to be respected."

The name of the hospital was not disclosed.

On Saturday the ruling party urged the media to refrain from speculating on the health of Mandela.

"His [Mandela's] admittance was pre-arranged. Mandela was complaining about abdominal pain - now it is a matter that his doctors and specialists will decide on," African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

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