UPDATE: Zuma wishes Madiba good health

Former statesman Nelson Mandela is said to be undergoing routine medical tests in a Pretoria hospital.

Nelson Mandela is seen with his family in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 18 June 2011. Picture: Peter Morey/SAPA

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday sent Nelson Mandela his best regards, as Madiba is said to be undergoing routine "tests" at the at the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

The 94-year-old former statesman was flown to the hospital from his Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape yesterday, said presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj.

"We wish Madiba all the best. The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding President of a free and democratic South Africa,'' said President Zuma in a statement issued by the Presidency.

"As said before, former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age."

Overnight, it was relatively quiet at the hospital where Mandela is believed to be undergoing routine medical tests.

People coming and going said they were there to visit patients recovering in the hospital and seemed oblivious to the fact that the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner may have been inside.

Meanwhile, several military officials patrolled through the parking lot at the hospital's entrance.


Opposition parties have sent their well wishes too.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said it was "gratifying" to hear that Madiba was admitted only for routine check-ups, while president of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, echoed Holomisa's sentiments.

"On behalf of my family the ACDP and all South African who love ntate Madiba, I want to wish him a speedy recovery."

Earlier this year, the father of the nation underwent a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem.

Mandela served as South Africa's first democratic president between 1994 and 1999 and is a man loved by many across the world.