ANC, DA welcomes Madiba's homecoming

2013-09-01 19:55
(Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The African National Congress welcomed the news of former president Nelson Mandela's discharge from hospital on Sunday.

"We believe that receiving treatment at home will afford him continuous support from his family and loved ones," said party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Mandela arrived back at his Houghton home on Sunday morning after a stay in hospital since 8 June when he was admitted for a recurring lung infection.

The presidency said in a statement on Sunday that Mandela would receive intensive care treatment at his home, with the same staff from the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria relocating to his house.

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

Mthembu extended thanks to all who had prayed for Mandela and asked that his privacy be respected.

Meanwhile, the DA also expressed its joy at Mandela's return home.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said: "We're happy that Madiba is able to return to the comfort of his home."

"We thank his medical team for everything they have done thus far and will continue to do."

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