Mandela spends Christmas night in hospital

Doctors are happy with Madiba, but he is to spend Christmas night in a Pretoria hospital as he recovers.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Nelson Mandela, 94 at his home in Qunu on August 6, 2012. Picture: Afp.

JOHANNESBURG - As Nelson Mandela spends another night in hospital, his doctors said they are pleased with his progress.

On Tuesday morning, President Jacob Zuma visited the elderly statesman at the Pretoria facility where has been receiving treatment.

Mandela has been recovering after a lung infection and gall stone procedure.

The Presidency's Harold Maloka said Madiba was responding well to treatment.

"Yes, indeed the doctors are happy with his progress."

Mandela is also recovering after doctors performed a procedure to remove gallstones.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj said every effort will be made to ensure Madiba enjoys his Christmas Day in hospital.

"I am sure every possible opportunity will be created for as many of his loved ones to be with him."

He said Madiba could not be discharged due to the type of treatment he is receiving.

"The treatment requires him to spend Christmas in hospital."

The presidency has also called on all freedom loving people around the world to pray for Madiba's health.