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'Nelson Mandela is back home'

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Published on Dec 27, 2012

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has been released from hospital, and is receiving medical care at his home in Johannesburg, the South African government has disclosed.

A spokesman for President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mr Mandela was transported to his home in Johannesburg's Houghton neighbourhood, where he will continue to recover under the close watch of his personal doctors.

"He will undergo home-based high care at his Houghton home until he recovers fully," Mac Maharaj, the presidential spokesman said.

"We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery."

Mr Mandela, who is 94, was flown on December 8 from his rural residence in Qunu village to the capital Pretoria, where he spent 19 days in hospital receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection.

Doctors also discovered that he had developed gallstones and he had surgery to have them removed.

It was his longest hospital stay since coming out of prison in 1990 after 27 years in detention.


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