Presidency awaits Mandela update

2012-02-25 14:00
Johannesburg - The presidency was waiting for an update on the health of former president Nelson Mandela, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Saturday.

"We want to give the specialists time to attend to him first and then they will provide us with a full report that will be presented to President Jacob Zuma," said Maharaj.

"Before he was admitted this morning [Saturday] he was doing well. We have an obligation to the public to keep them informed on Mandela's health and will do so - when we have news."

Earlier, Maharaj said Mandela had a "long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention".

"We want to handle the matter with due regard to his privacy. We will give you updates as soon as we have any," he said.

The presidency wished him a speedy recovery.

- SAPA
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