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  • 18 December 2012, 18:56

Nelson Mandela To Spend 11th Day In Hospital

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela are keeping him in hospital but say they are "satisfied with his progress".

The 94-year-old has been receiving treatment following his operation in the country's capital Pretoria.

Current President Jacob Zuma said the anti-apartheid icon could spend a few more days in hospital and added he needed "extraordinary care" because of his age.

A statement from his office said: "Doctors are satisfied that the progress he is making is consistent with his age.

"They say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress.

"If he spends more days in hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided."

Officials said Mr Mandela underwent endoscopic surgery to remove gallstones on Saturday after doctors treated him for a recurrent lung infection.

Mr Mandela, often known by his clan name Madiba in South Africa, spent 27 years in apartheid prisons, including 18 years on the windswept Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town.

He was released in 1990 and went on to use his unparalleled prestige to push for reconciliation between black and white people as the bedrock of the post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation".

He stepped down in 1999 after one term in office and has been largely removed from public life for the last decade.

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