Power back on at Mandela house

2013-09-07 16:00
Journalists film outside the residence of Nelson Mandela. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Journalists film outside the residence of Nelson Mandela. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

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Johannesburg - The electricity at former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, north of Johannesburg, has been restored, City Power said on Saturday.

"The lights are back on at Madiba's house," City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo said.

Houghton's electricity was restored on Friday night.

Mandela's home was among those hit by widespread power outages in Johannesburg this week following an unprotected strike City Power employees, who were unhappy about a new shift system being implemented.

Earlier, Masolo said power had been restored to all areas in Johannesburg.

Mandela was discharged from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday to recuperate at home following a lengthy stay for a recurring lung infection.

His home has been reconfigured to ensure he receives the correct care, and some staff who had been at the hospital are also caring for him at home.

His condition was last described by the presidency as critical and stable, but at times unstable.

Members of the media continued to keep watch outside Mandela's home on Saturday.

Cameramen and reporters took shelter from the heat under gazebos directly across Mandela's home, while others sat in their cars.

Neighbours and visitors were seen taking pictures outside the home where messages of support had been laid.

Two police cars were parked at the corner of the house, and another eight cars parked near the gate, one with a military number plate.

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