Mandela discharged from hospital

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg on Friday, three days after he was admitted for “routine tests”, acting President Kgalema Motlanthe told journalists.

He said that Mandela was recovering well after experiencing respiratory problems.

"He is well... and that should reassure all of us, there is no need to panic... to fear for his health," Motlanthe said at the briefing, which was broadcast around the world.

Describing his medical condition, South Africa's National Defence Force Surgeon-General Lieutenant-General Vejaynand Ramlakan said Mandela had experienced acute respiratory infection, but he responded “very well” to the treatment.

“He is stable, but will be monitored closely," the Surgeon-General said.

Motlanthe thanked South Africans for their prayers and well wishes.

"The Mandela family, together with government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Madiba himself, would like to convey appreciation to all South Africans... and people across the world who have sent words and support... for Madiba's speedy recovery and their prayers," he said.

Mandela’s grandson Mandla said his family is making the necessary arrangements for the revered statesman to go back to his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton.

There were serious concerns about Mandela’s health after it emerged that he had been flown from Cape Town, where he was on holiday, and transferred to hospital by a military ambulance.

There were unconfirmed reports that Mandela suffered from a collapsed lung. Talk Radio 702 reported that he had been seen by a specialist pulmonologist, who treats respiratory systems.

Mandela has not been seen in public since the World Cup final in July last year.
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