SOUTH Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital following the removal of a gallstone, according to a government spokesman.
The elder statesman who led the fight against the country's apartheid regime has been the subject of rumours that he was on his death bed.
Mr Mandela was taken to hospital with a lung infection last week but physicians found he had developed gallstones.
Al-Jazeera reported President Jacob Zuma's office had confirmed the surgery to remove a gallstone was successful.
Mr Mandela has been out of the public eye for the past 10 years due to ongoing health issues.
As he fought the former apartheid governments of South Africa, the 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate spent a total of 27 years in prison before being elected as president in the first all-race elections in 1994.
He served one term, stepping down in 1999.
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