Mandela in 'good spirits' for Zuma visit

Nelson Mandela looks "much better" after medical treatment and doctors are pleased with his progress, President Jacob Zuma said after visiting the anti-apartheid icon in hospital today.

Mr Zuma joined Mr Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and other family members in wishing a Merry Christmas to Mr Mandela at his bedside.

"We found him in good spirits," Mr Zuma said. "He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward! He was happy to have visitors on this special day and is looking much better."

Mr Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on 8 December with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones.