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

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Nelson Mandela 'getting better and better'

Graca Machel
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
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."

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'No significant change' in Mandela's condition

Former President Mandela is still in hospital where he is receiving treatment for pneumonia.

There is no significant change in his condition since the update issued last night, 31 March 2013.

He spent part of Family Day today with some members of his family, who appreciate the support they have been receiving from the public.

– Statement released by President Zuma's office

Zuma thanks those who have prayed for Mandela

South African President Jacob Zuma thanked those who have prayed for Nelson Mandela at various Easter church services during the weekend.

We also thank all people at home and around the world, who continue to keep Madiba and his family in their thoughts and to show their love and support in various ways. We also thank foreign governments for their messages of support.

'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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