Madiba in satisfactory condition, says Presidency

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pretoria - Former President Nelson Mandela is comfortable and in a satisfactory condition after being admitted to hospital.

The 93-year-old was admitted to an undisclosed hospital on Saturday morning to receive treatment for a long-standing abdominal complaint. According to the Presidency, doctors felt it needed proper specialist medical attention.

In a statement on Saturday evening, the Presidency said that "President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela is in a satisfactory condition in hospital and is comfortable".

"Madiba is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age. He was in good health before admission in hospital but doctors felt the complaint needed a thorough investigation.

"He underwent a diagnostic procedure as part of his ongoing medical management. We are happy that he is not in any danger and thank the doctors for their hard work and professionalism. He is receiving good medical care," Zuma said.

He added that Madiba was expected to be discharged from hospital either tomorrow or Monday.

Zuma had earlier wished Madiba a speedy recovery and assured him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world.

The Presidency has requested the public to respect the privacy of Mandela and his family.

Members of the public can send messages to Madiba through President Zuma to