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Madiba: Day 10

Nelson Mandela is still recovering in hospital after a procedure to remove gallstones.

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

JOHANNESBURG - It has been ten days since Former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital.

The 94-year-old statesman was admitted to a private facility in Pretoria on Saturday last week.

He has been treated for a recurring lung infection and had gallstones removed at the weekend.

Since Mandela was admitted to hospital, he has been receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection similar to the one he suffered from last year.

Over the weekend the presidency announced Madiba had undergone a procedure to removes stones from his gallbladder.

He was visited by family, President Jacob Zuma and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula who told the media he was staying at a military facility in Pretoria.

Journalists have camped outside the private hospital and Mandela's Houghton home.

Zuma on Sunday told delegates at the ANC Conference in Mangaung that Madiba was receiving the best possible care as he recuperates in hospital.

Meanwhile, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) at the weekend expressed its disappointment in government for deceiving the public over Mandela's hospitalisation.

Last week Mapisa-Nqakula stated on the record that Madiba was being treated at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, but just days later Eyewitness News revealed he was actually being treated at a private facility in Pretoria.

In a statement released at the weekend Sanef said government is trying to justify misleading statements by implying it was the fault of irresponsible print publications or broadcasters.

But the forums said this is far from the case.

Top editors worked with government officials for months trying to sort out a protocol for the former president's health.

While the document was originally said to be officiated by former Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, there is still no word from the Defence Ministry on where the document is at the moment.