President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has just issued a statement, saying ailing former President Nelson Mandela is in satisfactory condition.
The statement reads, “President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela is in a satisfactory condition in hospital and is comfortable.
“The former president was admitted to hospital this morning, 25 February 2012 for a planned procedure to investigate the causes of a long-standing abdominal complaint.
“Madiba is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age.
“He was in good health before admission in hospital but doctors felt the complaint needed a thorough investigation.
“He underwent a diagnostic procedure as part of his ongoing medical management. We are happy that he is not in any danger and thank the doctors for their hard work and professionalism.
“He is receiving good medical care and is expected to be discharged from hospital either tomorrow or Monday,” President Zuma said.
“Members of the public can send messages to Madiba through President Zuma to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We reiterate the request for the privacy of Madiba and his family to be respected.