Mandela ‘in good spirits and doing well’ in Joburg

2013-01-20 10:00

Former president Nelson Mandela is doing well and resting at his Johannesburg home, says his grandson Mandla Mandela.

Mandla, who visited the 94-year-old statesman on Wednesday, said Madiba was in good spirits and doing really well while receiving home-based medical care at his home in Houghton.

He said after spending some time with the global icon, Madiba told him he had been touched by the many people around the world who had put him in their thoughts and prayers during his stay in a Pretoria hospital.

“I told him that many people, including his family, had been praying for his safe return from hospital. He was very touched. He was happy that his own church (the Wesleyans) had been part of the prayers,” Mandla said.

Mandela was hospitalised for weeks late last year after undergoing gallstone surgery and also received treatment for a recurring lung infection.

Last week, the presidency said the Nobel peace prize laureate had recovered, according to his doctors.

The statement, the last update on Mandela’s health, said he had made steady progress and continued to improve.

Madiba had the nation on the edge during his longest hospital stay since he was released from the Victor Verster Prison in Paarl in 1990.

Mandla, who has been anxious to see his grandfather return to his home village of Qunu in Eastern Cape, said it would be up to his grandfather to decide when he wants to return to “where he belongs”.

“He is still a man who makes his own decisions. It will be entirely up to him and based on his health, as to when he will return to Qunu.

“Generally, as people of Qunu and Mvezo and AbaThembu, we would like to have him around us there,” he said.

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