Madiba 'recovering well' after surgery

The 94-year-old former statesman is said to be doing well after having gallstones removed.

Former president Nelson Mandela is said to be doing well after having his gallstones removed. Picture: Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation/SAPA

PRETORIA - Former president Nelson Mandela is recuperating after a successful operation to remove gallstones.

On Saturday, Madiba spent an eighth night at a Pretoria hospital.

Last week, the 94-year-old former statesman was also treated for a recurring lung infection.

According to the Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj, 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."

Madiba has already been visited by President Jacob Zuma and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who earlier told the media that he was being treated at Pretoria's 1 Military Hospital, a claim that proved to be false.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Mandela was being treated at a private hospital in the capital city.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Saturday said it was disappointed that government did not follow protocol agreed upon earlier this year, regarding updates on Mandela's health.

The former president's wife, Gra├ža Machel and his children are understood to have visited him earlier this week.

Meanwhile, journalists are still camping outside the hospital where Madiba is believed to be receiving treatment.