Mandela to spend Christmas in hospital

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to spend Christmas Day at a Pretoria hospital, almost three weeks after he was admitted with a lung infection.

It will be the first time the liberation hero will spend Christmas in hospital and he is used to throwing lavish Christmas Day parties at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

President Jacob Zuma who visited the global statesman on Sunday, assured him of the love and support of all South Africans, young and old, and the whole world.

"We urge South Africans to continue praying for our beloved Madiba during this period. Our hearts are with the whole family and relatives," a presidency statement quoted President Zuma as saying.

During his treatment, it was discovered that he had gallstones and he underwent a successful operation last week.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in the statement: "We all wish that he could be home for Christmas, but first and foremost he needs to get better.”

He added that while the 94-year-old former President has responded well to treatment, there is no update on his condition and his doctors have given no indication about when he will be discharged.
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24 december 2012 12:33:50




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