JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela would remain in hospital until doctors were satisfied he had made sufficient progress, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

“Doctors are satisfied that the progress (Mandela) is making is consistent with his age,” Zuma said in a statement.

“They say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet, until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress.”

Zuma urged the public to continue supporting Madiba, but also to understand that Mandela was 94 years old and needed extraordinary care.

“If he spends more days in hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided,” said Zuma.

“We wish the family strength during this period. They have the love and support of the whole nation.”

Zuma’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said he visited Mandela yesterday.

“He is looking much better,” said Maharaj.

He said Mandela had immediately asked him: “Mac, what are you doing here?” Maharaj said: “I asked him not to give the doctors any trouble.”

Mandela was flown to a Pretoria hospital from his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on December 8. – Sapa