Update on former President Mandela: issued by the Presidency

The Presidency wishes to provide the following update from the doctors treating former President Nelson Mandela:

The former President was hospitalised on 8 December 2012 for a series of tests to be carried out by the doctors. The tests revealed that there was a recurrence of a lung infection and that Madiba had developed gallstones. The medical team decided to attend to the lung infection before determining when to attend to the gallstones.

This morning, 15 December 2012, the former president underwent a procedure via endoscopy to have the gallstones removed. The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering.

President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of all South Africans, wishes Madiba speedy recovery.

We wish to once again appeal for privacy for Madiba and family.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203.

Issued by the Presidency