Mandela looking much better - presidency

2012-12-18 20:29
Nelson Mandela (Picture: AP)

Nelson Mandela (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela would stay in hospital until doctors were satisfied he had made sufficient progress, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Doctors are satisfied that the progress he [Mandela] is making is consistent with his age," Zuma said in a statement.

"They say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet, until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress."

Zuma urged the public to continue supporting Madiba, but also understand that Mandela was 94 years old and needed extraordinary care.

"If he spends more days in hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided," said Zuma.

"We wish the family strength during this period. They have the love and support of the whole nation."

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj visited Mandela on Tuesday.

"He is looking much better," said Maharaj.

He said that Mandela immediately asked him: "Mac, what are you doing here?" Maharaj said: "I asked him not give the doctors any trouble."

Mandela was flown to a Pretoria hospital from his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on 8 December for treatment of a recurring lung infection and to have gallstones removed.

"The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering. The medical team decided to attend to a lung infection before determining when to attend to the gallstones," Maharaj said in a statement on Saturday.

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