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article imageNelson Mandela discharged from hospital

By Christopher Szabo     Sep 1, 2013 in World
Pretoria - South Africa’s first Black president, Nelson Mandela, has been discharged from hospital in Pretoria, according to officials.
Spokesman for the presidency, Mac Maharaj, said in a statement:
“Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment."
Mandela’s condition remains “critical” and “at times unstable”, but due to various considerations, he is nonetheless returning to his home in Houghton, an elegant suburb of Johannesburg, about an hour’s drive away.
Maharaj added:
"Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria. Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude. We would like to wish him all the best as he continues his recovery at his Johannesburg home."
Mandela was in hospital from June 8, when he was admitted with a severe lung infection, believed to have been contracted when in prison on Robben Island.
Nelson Mandela, often referred to by his Xhosa clan name of "Madiba", is famous for both his decision to take up arms against Apartheid and his attitude during the CODESA negotiations between that government and his African National Congress (ANC).
The 95-year-old Mandela placed the South African nation’s future above his own suffering of 27 years in jail and this earned him not only the Nobel Peace Prize but also the respect of the people of South Africa.
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