South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has honoured anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, whose hospital stay has stretched into its ninth day.
Mr Zuma spoke today at the African National Congress political party’s Mangaung conference, being held in the city also known as Bloemfontein.
Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela “is receiving good care from a competent and caring medical team”. Mr Zuma also led convention goers in a song about Mr Mandela.
Government officials said the 94-year-old Mandela underwent a successful surgery for gallstones on Saturday. Officials said Mr Mandela has been in hospital since December 8 for tests and later medical treatment for a recurrent lung infection.
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.