Mandela undergoes successful gallstone surgery
on 15/12/2012 13:12:54
The presidency said the 94-year-old Mr Mandela underwent the surgery earlier today. The presidency said Mr Mandela's doctors wanted to treat a recurrent lung infection before putting him through the surgery.
The statement said: "The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering."
It referred to Mr Mandela by his clan name as a sign of affection.
Mr Mandela has been in hospital since December 8.
Mr Mandela is revered for being a leader of the struggle against racist white rule in South Africa. He served one five-year term as president before retiring from public life.