Mandela discharged from hospital

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - World statesman Nelson Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Wednesday night, the Office of the Presidency has confirmed.

South Africa’s first democratically-elected leader was treated for a lung infection and the removal of gall stones.  

The Nobel laureate has a history of lung problems, having suffered from tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment.

He was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago, marking his longest stay in hospital since his release from prison in 1990.  

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela would undergo “high care” at his Johannesburg home until he recovers fully.

"We thank the public and the media for the good wishes and for affording Madiba (his clan name) and the family the necessary privacy. We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery," he said  

President Jacob Zuma, who visited Mandela on Christmas day, said he was "looking much better" and was in high spirits.
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27 december 2012 08:33:56




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