Presidency thanks hospital staff for Madiba's care

The South African Presidency has thanked those who have cared for Nelson Mandela during his long hospital stay.

Madiba has been treated by a large medical team from the military, academia, private sector and other public health spheres. We thank all the health professionals at the hospital for their dedication. Most media have also been notably responsible and we thank them also for the maturity and understanding that all have in general displayed.

We now call on all to allow the former President and his family the necessary private space so that his continuing care can proceed with dignity and without unnecessary intrusion.

– South African Presidency

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Nelson Mandela leaves hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital, the presidency has confirmed. The 95-year-old's condition is said to remain "critical and at times unstable".