Nelson Mandela dies at 95

2013-12-05 23:50

Former president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 years, President Jacob Zuma has announced.

The anti-apartheid icon was cared for at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, since his release from hospital on September 1 this year. He was admitted on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

The Nobel peace prize laureate has suffered lung ailments before.

Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up and was discharged the following day.

In December last year, Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and treat the recurring lung infection.

He was discharged after an 18-day stay and placed under home-based high care at his Houghton home.

In January, the Presidency said Mandela had made a full recovery from the surgery and continued to improve.

In February last year, he was admitted to hospital for a stomach ailment.

At the time, the Presidency said Mandela underwent a diagnostic procedure to investigate the cause of a long-standing abdominal complaint.

In January 2011, Mandela was taken to Milpark Hospital for routine tests relating to respiratory problems.

Mandela’s last major public appearance was in July 2010 at the final of the Fifa World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

Since then, he had spent his time between Johannesburg and his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

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