Pretoria — Former President Nelson Mandela has undergone a procedure via endoscopy to have gall stones removed.
"The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering," said the Presidency in a statement.
The former President was hospitalized on 8 December for a series of tests. The tests revealed that there was a recurrence of a lung infection and that Madiba had developed gall stones.
"The medical team decided to attend to a lung infection before determining when to attend to the gall stones. President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of all South Africans, wishes Madiba speedy recovery," it added.
The Presidency once again appealed for privacy for Madiba and his family.