Nelson Mandela's condition 'serious' but improving, says Jacob Zuma
Former South African President Nelson Mandela's condition was serious when he was admitted to hospital 13 days ago, but now his health is improving, President Jacob Zuma has said.
"His condition was serious but he is responding well to treatment and has steadily improved over the last few days," Zuma told members of the ruling African National Congress at the close of a party conference.
According to the Telegraph, Mandela was airlifted on December 8 from his rural village in the south of the country to a hospital in Pretoria for a series of tests.
Doctors found that he had a recurrent lung infection and had developed gallstones. He underwent surgery to remove the gallstones on December 15 and is still in hospital.
Zuma sought to calm jitters over Mandela's health, the report said.
"I have been informed that at his age doctors need to intervene in a very gradual and sensitive way in order to maximise the chances of a full recovery," he said.
"Madiba [Mr Mandela's clan name] is an unparalleled fighter and has always been so. He has met all his health challenges with his tremendous fortitude and grace," he added.