Nelson Mandela Underwent Hernia Surgery

World | February 25, 2012, Saturday // 18:38|  views

Nelson Mandela. Photo by CNN

South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela successfully underwent hernia surgery Saturday, a family member told CNN Saturday.

The 93-year-old likely will be discharged within the next two days, said the relative.

Earlier, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was being treated for a "longstanding abdominal complaint."

"We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world," Zuma said in a statement.

A government official assured the public that Mandela's hospital stay was not an emergency.

"People need not panic. This was planned ... Mandela has had abdominal pains for sometime," said Keith Khoza, a spokesman for the ruling African National Congress.

Officials and family declined to name the hospital the former president is undergoing treatment.

Mandela - affectionately known by his clan name Madiba - last appeared in public in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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