Presidency will speak on Madiba when necessary

Following Madiba's first night in hospital, the presidency affirmed there was no cause for alarm.

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

PRETORIA - The presidency said on Sunday it will only issue a statement on former president Nelson Mandela's health as and when they receive an update from the medical team treating him.

The presidency confirmed on Saturday evening that the 94-year-old was admitted to hospital for a scheduled check-up.

The announcement came just over two months since his last hospitalisation at a Pretoria-based health facility.

In December 2012 Madiba was admitted for a little over two weeks, initially to treat a recurring lung infection. He later underwent surgery to remove gall stones.

Following Madiba's first night in hospital, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj reiterated that there was no cause for alarm.

The presidency has not confirmed whether Mandela was seeking treatment at the Heart Mediclinic in Pretoria.

Meanwhile, well wishes have poured in for the global icon.

Mandela's lawyer during the Rivonia Trial George Bizos joined the international chorus wishing the former statesman a speedy recovery.

Bizo's said he last saw Mandela a few days ago.

"He's tough," said Bizos.

"I wish him well.

"I saw him about 10 days ago. He looked okay and I hope this is just a check-up."

"Of course it is worrying; he is 94 years of age."