Daniel Miller

Proud, happy and smiling… Nelson Mandela poses with his youngest great-grandson in this first picture since he was flown to Joburg for an operation to remove gallstones.

He had to spend Christmas in hospital after being airlifted from his village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape to a Joburg hospital for tests.

He was also suffering from a recurrent lung infection.

And it was clear that Zen Manaway, the youngest of Mandela’s 14 great-grandchildren, was just the medicine our former president needed.

Mandela, 95, was caught on camera relaxing with Zen at his home in Houghton last Saturday.

Mandela retired from public life in 2004 after serving one term as South Africa’s first black president.

He has married three times and has had six children, three of whom have died.

He has 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Young Zen is now in the US with his mother Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and his aunt Swati Dlamini.

The sisters are promoting their new reality TV series Being Mandela, which is being produced by COZI TV for NBC.

The 30-minute weekly show premieres on Sunday and will follow the next generation of the Mandela family through the experiences of sisters Zaziwe and Swati and their families.