Former South African president is comfortable after receiving treatment to establish cause of abdominal problem, Nelson Mandela is comfortable in hospital after receving treatment for a "long-standing abdominal complaint", the government has said. The Nobel peace laureate, 93, was "fine and fully conscious". "We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world," Zuma said in a statement.
It is understood Mandela was admitted to hospital to establish the cause of the problem and that his stay did not involve surgery.
Mandela became South's Africa first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid rule, and was awarded a Nobel peace prize for his work.
His public appearances have become increasingly rare, and he was hospitalised last year for acute respiratory infection. He spent several days at Johannesburg's Milpark hospital and has since spent his time between Johannesburg and his ancestral village of Qunu in South Africa's impoverished Eastern Cape.Mandela occupies a central position in the psyche of South Africa