Nelson Mandela undergoes operation to remove gall stones

South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela

South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, has had an operation to remove gall stones, according to a government statement.

The operation was successful and Mr Mandela is recovering.

Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital last Saturday after suffering a recurrence of a lung infection.

Tests revealed the presence of gall stones and the medical team treating Mr Mandela decided to remove them once he had recovered from the infection.

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