Presidency silent on Mandela operation

The Presidency has declined to comment on a report the former President underwent an operation.

The Presidency has declined to comment on a report by a US television network that Former President Nelson Mandela underwent an operation.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has declined to comment on reports that former President Nelson Mandela's life support machine showed he was in distress last week.

Over the weekend, US television network CBS reported that Mandela recently underwent a surgical procedure to unlock his dialysis tube and that his life support machine shows he's in distress.

The network also reported that Mandela wasn't responding well to his medications this past week.

Madiba has been treated for a recurring lung infection for over a month and a half at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

He turned 95 on 18 July and his birthday was celebrated in both South Africa and around the world.

It is not yet clear how many more procedures Mandela will have to undergo in order to recuperate.

The Presidency is yet to release a statement confirming Mandela's operation.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj reiterated the Presidency's last statement released on 22 July and said the former President is critical but his condition is improving.

CONFLICTING REPORTS

During a visit to Madiba on 20 July, President Jacob Zuma said the statesman was showing "sustained improvement" in his health, but remains in a critical condition.

Madiba's daughter Zindzi recently told Eyewitness News that her father was getting better and they were expecting him to be discharged soon.

Mandela's grandson Mandla said last week that Madiba is gaining strength every day.

These statements contradict the CBS report that claims the ailing statesman is struggling to recover.