Nelson Mandela in 'good spirits'

Footage of President Zuma visiting Nelson Mandela at his home has been released. It is the first time the former president has been seen since he was discharged from hospital earlier this month.Mandela was described as being in 'good spirits'.

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Mandela appears 'healthy ... considering' in footage

by - Africa Correspondent

To say that Nelson Mandela looked alert or robust would be an overstatement. But "healthy ... considering" isn't a bad assessment, given that the man the world most admires is almost 95 years old and has just recovered from pneumonia.

Six members of the ruling ANC's top brass went to see him this morning, accompanied by a camera from state television.

This is the first time Nelson Mandela has been seen since he was discharged from hospital.
This is the first time Nelson Mandela has been seen since he was discharged from hospital. Credit: SABC TV

"They found President Mandela in good shape and in good spirits", a party official said.

Many South Africans will be cheered by the sight of Mr Mandela sitting upright, at home and apparently comfortable.

But some will find the video to be an uncomfortable watch and will wonder whether he might have less to gain from this meeting than his visitors do.

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Footage shows Nelson Mandela during Zuma visit

Nelson Mandela was "in good shape and spirits" during a visit by President Jacob Zuma and other South African party leaders, the ruling African National Congress has said.

Footage broadcast on South Africa's SABC TV shows Mandela during the visit at his Johannesburg home:

This is the first time Mandela has been seen publicly since he was discharged from hospital earlier this month.

Mandela pictured looking 'relaxed and well' at home

Nelson Mandela looked "relaxed and well" during a visit by President Jacob Zuma and other party leaders, South Africa's SABC TV reported.

The station, which will broadcast footage of the visit, has posted a picture of Mandela at his Johannesburg home:

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He's in good shape. We had conversation with him, shook hands, smiled. He’s up & about, he’s stabilised. We’re happy he's fine.#Mandela

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A lifetime moment. In the same room with world's best loved statesman #Mandela. Watch #SABCNews tonight.

ANC: Nelson Mandela in 'good shape and spirits'

Nelson Mandela is in "good shape and good spirits", South Africa's ruling African National Congress has said, after a visit by President Jacob Zuma and other party leaders.

In the first update on his condition since he was discharged from hospital in early April, a statement said:

"After receiving a briefing from the medical team, the national officials are satisfied that President Mandela is in good health and is receiving the very best medical care".

Nelson Mandela spent more than a week in hospital being treated for pneumonia Credit: Reuters