Media gathers at Madiba’s house


The growing media contingent outside former president Nelson Mandela's Johannesburg home was instructed to keep well away from the house's entry points today.

"The media must stay 50 m away from entrances; you have been confined to that corner," said an official, who didn’t give his name, while pointing to an area opposite the house.

Mandela's Houghton home was a national key point and was under constant surveillance, the official said, while manning the house's smaller gate.

Entry to the house and parking within nine metres of it was restricted to vehicles and people with official clearance.

Johannesburg metro police officers patrolled the streets, ensuring the media and their equipment didn’t obstruct traffic.

Yesterday the presidency said Mandela had been discharged from hospital.

A large media contingent gathered outside to watch his return home, and police were present.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela's condition remained critical and "at times unstable".

His home had been reconfigured to ensure he received the correct care. Some staff who’d been at the hospital would care for him at home.

Mandela was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 8 June this year with a recurring lung infection.

- Sapa

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