Mandela 'could soon be discharged from hospital'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Nelson Mandela could be discharged from hospital to recuperate at home, a former South African president said.

Thabo Mbeki said he thought the ant-apartheid leader would be going home soon, South Africa's Eyewitness News said.

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Mandela 'responds to treatment'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is "responding to treatment", according to an official statement tonight, but is still in a critical condition in hospital.