reports that Nelson Mandela
has been released from hospital. Nelson Mandela, aged 94, was admitted to hospital 18 days ago. He was treated for lung infection and gallstones and he underwent surgery on December 15. His stay in hospital was his longest since leaving prison in 1990.
Mandela has been admitted to hospital in Johannesburg and Pretoria three times in the past two years.
Having spent Christmas in hospital, Mandela is now fit enough to return home, although he is not completely cured of the lung condition that triggered his admission to hospital in the first place. Mac Maharaj, his spokesman, is quoted by the Guardian
"He will undergo home-based high care at his Houghton [Johannesburg] home until he recovers fully. We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery."
According to the Daily Telegraph
, Mandela's health has been described as frail in recent years. His last public appearance was at the 2010 football World Cup.