Former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to an undisclosed hospital, says the presidency.
The government says Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and gallstone surgery, which kept him in hospital for nearly three weeks.
The battle between the government and the ANC is now on the centre court but no one appears to be serving up the aces.
In his television address FW de Klerk presented himself as the reasonable man. But beneath the benign tone lay a much harsher message.
In an interview here this week, African National Congress president Nelson Mandela dwelt at some length on the pressure exerted by mass action.
If this week's mass action was Nelson Mandela's "referendum" he has clearly won a handsome mandate.
Mandela's face on our notes more pleasing to the Western world.
Former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital to receive specialist treatment for an abdominal complaint.
The Presidency has just released a statement that former president Nelson Mandela was "not in any danger" and was in a "satisfactory condition".
The former president's death, whenever it comes, could have a profound impact on the nation's identity.