27 Feb 2012

Mandela discharged from hospital

9:49 am on 27 February 2012

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after being checked for an abdominal problem.

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

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.