(Photo: REUTERS/Alexander Joe/Pool)
Former South African president Nelson Mandela remained hospitalized for the 10th consecutive day Monday after undergoing a gallstone removal operation and receiving treatment for a lung infection last week.
Government officials say the operation was successful and that the 94-year-old leader was recovering well.
Mandela was admitted to the hospital Dec. 8 in the country’s capital, Pretoria. Although he has had a history of lung problems throughout his lifetime, his latest hospital stay has been fraught with worry and suspicion over the ailing icon’s health.
The leader’s surgery and extended hospital stay kept him from attending the Xhosa initiation ceremony of his grandson, Bambatha Mandela. The ukwaluka ceremony marks the culmination of the Xhosa people’s rites of passage tradition where young men travel to the bush to learn about the culture and undergo a circumcision carried out by a traditional surgeon.
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