Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s 94-year-old former president, is “looking much better” after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones, but will remain in hospital for the time being, the government said this week.
Report by Reuters
The country’s first black president was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8 after being flown from his home village of Qunu in a remote part of the Eastern Cape province.
He was treated initially for a recurrent lung infection and then had a successful procedure to have gallstones removed.
Mandela, who came to power in historic elections in 1994 after decades struggling against apartheid, remains a symbol of resistance to racism and injustice at home and around the world.
Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said he had visited Mandela on Tuesday. “He is looking much better,” he said in a statement, adding that the Nobel Peace laureate had spoken to him.
Doctors were satisfied with his progress, Maharaj said.
Maharaj said that, given his advanced age, Mandela needed “extraordinary care … but doctors said they were in no hurry to send him home just yet.”