Goodwill messages pour in for Mandela

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Messages of goodwill continue to pour in for global icon Nelson Mandela following his release from a Pretoria hospital on Sunday after almost three months of admission.

The former President and Nobel laureate has been treated for a recurring lung infection and while his condition remains critical, doctors said it is safe for him to return to his Johannesburg home, which has been fully equipped with emergency health care equipment.  

National Freedom Party President Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi said South Africa and the world still needs Mandela’s wisdom “and we are happy to learn about his discharge from hospital”.

Msibi added: ''We wish him a recovery so that he will continue being the symbol of unity and reconciliation within our nation and the world at large.”

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has also welcomed the news, saying “home treatment will afford him continuous support from his family and loved ones”.

Also, spokesman for the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, thanked Mandela’s medical team “for everything they have done thus far and will continue to do”.

Meanwhile, former US president George H.W. Bush's office mistakenly announced Mandela’s death on Sunday.

The office said in a statement: "Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know. As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment - setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all.

''He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country.”

Bush's spokesperson Jim McGrath later apologised, saying he had misread a news flash about Mandela’s release from hospital.

“Stupid mistake by me. Apologies to all," he said.

Mandela, 95, was taken to hospital 8 June.
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02 september 2013 06:06:47

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