Mandela released from hospital

By Drum Digital
11 March 2013

Former President Mandela has been discharged from hospital, the presidency said on Sunday.

"Nelson Mandela has this afternoon returned to his Johannesburg home following a successful medical examination at a Pretoria hospital," spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"The doctors have completed the tests... He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team."

The 94-year-old was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday for a scheduled check-up. He spent Saturday night there. Maharaj said the check-up was to manage existing condition that came at his age.

In December Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and to treat a recurring lung infection. He was then placed under home-based high care at his Houghton, Johannesburg, residence.

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

South Africa's first black president has a long history of lung problems, dating back to the time when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid. While in jail he contracted tuberculosis.

-by Sapa

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