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Madiba in ‘satisfactory condition’

Former president Nelson Mandela is in a “comfortable” and “satisfactory condition”...

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Former president Nelson Mandela is in a “comfortable” and “satisfactory condition”, the Presidency said in a statement late on Saturday.

Earlier, the former statesman was admitted to hospital for "a long-standing abdominal complaint."

Officials from President Jacob Zuma’s office said Madiba is fully conscious and doctors are satisfied with his condition.

The statement said Mandela could be released from hospital on Sunday or Monday.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the 93-year-old did not undergo any surgery, despite reports to the contrary.

He called on everyone to respect Mandela’s privacy.

Maharaj said the public will be informed of any developments.

“President Zuma will release a statement from time to time when he considers it appropriate and necessary.”

Meanwhile, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said people must allow Mandela’s doctors and specialists to treat him.

“There should be no panic. This was not an emergency admission - it was planned.”   

In 2011, Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for what officials said were “routine medical checks.”

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