Without elaborating, South Africa Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said Nelson Mandela is looking health and happy, a day after officials said the ailing anti-apartheid icon underwent treatment for an abdominal ailment at undisclosed hospital
Sisulu said Mandela underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy and the procedure involves inserting a camera into the body to allow doctors a look in a patient's abdomen or pelvis.
A family member had said Saturday that Mandela had hernia surgery, but a government spokesman described it as a "planned procedure" without providing details.
According to a Mandela relative the 93-year-old will likely be discharged by Monday however he declined to name the hospital where he was recuperating.
South African President Jacob Zuma said Mandela is conscious and recovering.
"The doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age," Zuma said in a statement Saturday afternoon.