Mandela spends 52nd day in hospital

2013-07-29 11:55
The Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (File, AFP)

The Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. (File, AFP)

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Pretoria - A small number of people braved the cold on Monday morning to visit the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where former president Nelson Mandela was spending his 52nd day.

Members of the public took pictures of a hospital wall covered with messages and flowers for the anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.


At the weekend, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj declined to comment on a report that Mandela had undergone an operation, the international news agency AFP reported.

The former statesman underwent a "surgical procedure to unblock a dialysis tube" on Friday, according to US news network CBS.

The operation was "minor", the network reported.

Maharaj would not confirm that the procedure took place.

"He is critical, stable, but there is some improvement," Maharaj told AFP on Sunday.

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