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The former South African president, Nelson Mandela is said to be in good spirits after being taken to hospital.

It is understood that Mr Mandela, who is 93, underwent surgery overnight for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

The South African presidential spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said he was not in any danger.

  • 25 Feb 2012
  • From the section Africa