Pretoria - A small number of people braved the cold on
Monday morning to visit the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where former
president Nelson Mandela was spending his 52nd day.
Members of the public took pictures of a hospital wall
covered with messages and flowers for the anti-apartheid icon.
Mandela was admitted to hospital on 8 June with a recurring
At the weekend, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj
declined to comment on a report that Mandela had undergone an operation, the
international news agency AFP reported.
The former statesman underwent a "surgical procedure to
unblock a dialysis tube" on Friday, according to US news network CBS.
The operation was "minor", the network reported.
Maharaj would not confirm that the procedure took place.
"He is critical, stable, but there is some
improvement," Maharaj told AFP on Sunday.