Former SA president Nelson Mandela. (SABC)
Two former presidents who had a major impact on world affairs in their heyday may have to remain in hospital until after Christmas.
Former president Nelson Mandela has been receiving treatment for a lung infection and gallstones since December 8 - his longest stay in hospital since he was freed over two decades ago.
Presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, says there's no new update on his condition. On Saturday, Maharaj said Mandela was responding to treatment.
American doctors meanwhile, say former US President, George Bush Snr, who has been hospitalised for a month undergoing treatment for bronchitis, may not be released from a Houston hospital in time to celebrate Christmas at home. The 88-year old Bush remains in a stable condition.
Methodist Hospital spokesperson, George Kovacik says doctors feel Bush senior should build up his energy before going home. Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush, took office in 1989 and served one term in the White House.