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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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  1. Rohit Kachroo

Mandela appears 'healthy ... considering' in footage

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. 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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