Madiba doing very well - Mapisa-Nqakula

The Defence Minister could not confirm how long Madiba will remain in hospital.

The Defence Ministry said Nelson Mandela was receiving the best treatment at a Pretoria hospital.

PRETORIA - The Defence Ministry on Monday said it was too soon to tell when former statesman Nelson Mandela will be released from hospital.

Madiba was admitted to Pretoria's 1 Military Hospital for medical tests consistent with his age, the Presidency said in a statement.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula could not confirm how long Madiba would be undergoing tests.

But she said the 94-year-old was doing very well and his family was satisfied with government's handling of the matter.

"We have a team of doctors that are looking after his [Mandela]'s wellbeing."

Mapisa-Nqakula said Madiba would be undergoing further tests on Monday.

After those tests, doctors will decide whether he will be discharged or spend another night in hospital.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma also visited the former statesman and urged the country not to panic as Madiba was comfortable.

Meanwhile, locals and tourists flocked to Mandela's Vilakazi Street home in Soweto on Monday to wish him well.

Many locals said they were keeping Madiba in their thoughts and prayers.

Mandela is celebrated all over the world for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.

In January, Madiba was admitted to Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital for a check-up.