Nelson Mandela Discharged From South Africa Hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem, the government says.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital for treatment for a

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem, the government says.

President Jacob Zuma's office said he was sent home after the checks "did not indicate anything seriously wrong".

Officials earlier said the 93-year-old Nobel Prize laureate had undergone a laparoscopy but was recovering well.

The procedure involves inserting a tiny camera through the abdomen or pelvis.

The government has not confirmed where Mr Mandela was being treated nor the exact details of his health concerns.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu earlier told reporters he had been suffering from "ongoing discomfort" but denied reports of a hernia operation.

She said the former president was "as fine as can be at his age".

In his statement, Mr Zuma thanked the public for their "good wishes and support".

Mr Mandela, who is affectionately known in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba, spent 27 years in prison for fighting the white-minority rule of the apartheid era.

He became South Africa's first black president in 1994, serving one five-year term.

In 2004, he retired from public life - his age and declining health mean he has appeared in public only rarely since.

But he remains a hugely popular figure in South Africa, where reports of his medical treatment have repeatedly sparked public concern.