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Mandela recovering after gallstones removed

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Nelson Mandela is recovering well.

Nelson Mandela at his homestead in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, two days before his 94th birthday. Picture: Lyoness.TV.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency revealed on Saturday that former president Nelson Mandela has undergone another medical procedure, this time to remove his gallstones.

Mandela, who has been in hospital for a week, was initially being treated for a lung infection at a private hospital in Pretoria, before doctors could remove the gallstones.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela is recovering well.

"The former president underwent the procedure via endoscopy to have the gallstones removed.

"The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering.

"President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of all South Africans, wishes Madiba a speedy recovery."

There was not much activity reported outside the Pretoria hospital, where the former president is said to be recovering.

Few people have been seen entering and exiting the Pretoria facility.