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Family celebrates Mandela's return home

By admin
02 September 2013

Former president Nelson Mandela's family are celebrating his return home on Sunday morning after being discharged from hospital, his grandson Mandla Mandela said.

"It is a day of celebration for us that he is finally back home with us," said the young Mandela.

He added that Madiba's discharge was "particularly heartening because it flies in the face of those who have been busy spreading lies that he was in a 'vegetative state' and just waiting for his support machines to be switched off".

Madiba's grandson said these kind of people hadbeen "in effect declaring him dead while he was fully alive".

He said the family thanked all those who had prayed for Madiba's wellbeing.

"Finally everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that our prayers have found favour with the almighty".

The presidency announced earlier that Mandela had been discharged from the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria on Sunday, after being admitted on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela's condition remained critical and "at times unstable".

Same staff

Maharaj said Mandela's home had been reconfigured to ensure he received the correct intensive care, and the same staff who had been at the hospital would care for him at home.