Mandela spends first day home

Nelson Mandela is spending his first day at home after being released from hospital following his lengthy treatment for pneumonia.

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Mandela to receive 'home based' care

A statement from the South African president's office said:

Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, 6 April, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition.

The former President will now receive home based high care.

President Zuma thanks the hard working medical team and hospital staff for looking after Madiba so efficiently.

He also extended his gratitude to all South Africans and friends of the Republic in Africa and around the world for support.

– South African Presidency


Nelson Mandela 'getting better and better'

Graca Machel Credit: ENCA

Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel has said that the former South African president is recovering well.

Speaking at the Ubuntu Awards and Dialogue in Johannesburg, she said:

"Everything is fine, and he's getting better and better, he is hospital simply simply because the doctors want to be absolutely sure that he is strong enough to go home and that nothing is going to recur, thank you very very very much for lifting him up, God is listening"

Nelson Mandela continuing to make 'steady progress'

Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital on March 27 Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Nelson Mandela is responding "satisfactorily" to treatment and is making "stead progress," the South African Presidency has announced.

A statement on its website says: "President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital.

"His doctors say he continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment and is much better now than he was when he was admitted to hospital on the 27th of March 2013.

"He has been visited by family and continues to make steady progress."


'Further improvement' in Mandela's condition

The Presidency has been advised by the doctors that former President Nelson Mandela had a restful day and continues to receive treatment.

Government is satisfied that the doctors are providing the former President with the best medical care possible to enable his recovery and comfort. They have reported a further improvement in his condition.

– Statement released by President Jacob Zuma's office.
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