Mandela's discharge from hospital 'bittersweet'

2013-09-01 13:55

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Members of the public and neighbours flocked to former president Nelson Mandela's Houghton home soon after news broke that he had left hospital.

Most, however, were too late to see his ambulance pulling into the driveway.

Victor Mzimela, who drove from Alberton with two of his children, Mavuso (13) and Nkosazana (9), said he was slightly disappointed to have missed Madiba's arrival.

"I hope that he's better. I know what you hear from the presidency, that he is critical. It doesn't fill one with much confidence."

Mavuso said: "Mandela was an important man because he stopped apartheid from happening with the help of some other people".

He was able to recite Mandela's history, from Mvezo in the Eastern Cape where he was born to his 27 years in jail.

Nkosazana said: "If it wasn't for Mandela we wouldn't be here right now. We want to thank him for all the things he has done for us."

Joel Shapiro, who lives in the neighbourhood, said he decided to come to Mandela's home after he had heard the news on the radio.

His synagogue had held prayers for Mandela in front of his home before.

"I think it is bittersweet - sweet because you think he is well and coming home now, but there is also a bit of bitterness. I am concerned because I think it is not very long now. It is almost like he's sent home to rest now."

More journalists also started arriving as news of Mandela's dismissal from hospital spread.

Mandela's discharge from hospital 'bittersweet'

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