Former South African President Nelson Mandela has
completed his recovery from a lung infection and
gallstone surgery and is gradually getting back to his
normal routine, a spokesman said Sunday.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela, who has
not appeared in public since 2010, continues to receive
treatment at his home in Houghton, a suburb of
Mandela was hospitalized for a lung infection in early
December and a week later underwent surgery for removal of
gallstones. He was discharged from the hospital after a two-
During the time of apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was
convicted of sabotage and was imprisoned for 27 years until
He and former President F.W. de Klerk, who dismantled
apartheid, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. A year
later, Mandela became the nation’s first black president.
In November, South Africa issued banknotes bearing
Despite his rare public appearances in recent years, Mandela
retains his popularity and is considered a hero of democracy
in the nation.
Mandela’s impact has extended far beyond the borders of his
own country. After he left office in 1999, he was involved in
mediating conflicts from Africa to the Mideast.
Mandela, 94, also was treated for an acute respiratory
infection in January 2011. The next month he had surgery for
an abdominal hernia.
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