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 'comfortable and breathing without difficulty'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is comfortable and able to breathe without problems as he continues to repond to treatment after spending a third night in hospital for a lung infection, President Jacob Zuma's office said this morning.

"Madiba is now able to breathe without difficulty. He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable," the presidency said in a statement.

Mandela spending third day in hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is spending a third day in hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection.

Today's papers in South Africa report on Mandela's condition. Credit: Reuters

The latest update from the South African presidency came yesterday in a statement which said he was in good sprits and is making steady progress.

The hospital where Mandela has been treated in the past. Credit: Reuters

The name or location of the hospital where Mandela is staying was not disclosed, but previously he was treated at Heart Medical Clinic in Pretoria.

Winnie Mandela 'inspired to have the world on our side'

The ex-wife of the former South African President Nelson Mandela has thanked the nation for their support "at this difficult time" and said that it is, "very inspiring to have the whole world on our side."

Winnie Mandela said that her former husband was responding well to treatment and was greatly encouraged by a message of support he had received from the American President Barack Obama.

Nelson Mandela 'enjoyed a full breakfast this morning'

A statement on the website of the South African Presidency gives the following update on Nelson Mandela's recovery:

The Presidency wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning, 29 March 2013.

The doctors report that he is making steady progress. He remains under treatment and observation in hospital.

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Zuma urges South Africans not to panic about Mandela

South African President Jacob Zuma. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACAUSA.COM

President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela is "responding very well to the treatment" as he urged the country not to panic.

He told BBC News: "Of course I have been saying to people, you should bear in mind Madiba is no longer that young and if he goes for check-ups every now and again, I don't think people must be alarmed about it. I would like to really say the country must not panic."

Obama keeping Mandela in 'thoughts and prayers'

Obviously, we’re all deeply concerned about Nelson Mandela’s health. He’s a hero I think to all of us. I’m sure that I speak for the other leaders here. And we will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers, and his entire family.

He is as strong physically as he’s been in character and in leadership over so many decades, and hopefully he will, he will come out of this latest challenge.

But we all recognise that he has given everything to his people, the people of South Africa, and to the people of the continent, and he’s ended up being an inspiration to all of us.

When we think of a single individual that embodies the kind of leadership qualities that we all aspire to, the first name that comes up is Nelson Mandela. And all of us wish him all the very best.

– President Obama
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