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Mandela discharged from hospital in SA
Johannesburg, Jan 28 (Agencies):
Published on 29 Jan. 2011 12:01 AM IST
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South African former President Nelson Mandela is being discharged from a hospital where he spent two nights. Surgeon General Vejaynand Ramlakan said Mr Mandela, 92, suffers from ailments that are usual in people his age, but is responding well to treatment.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - using Mr Mandela’s clan name - said: “Madiba is well.” South Africa’s liberation hero flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Wednesday for a check-up. Friends and family visited him amid tight security on Thursday.
On Friday Mr Ranlakam said Mr Mandela would now be receiving home-based care. “To us he is stable, but will be subject to intense monitoring,” he told reporters. Earlier, a senior police officer told the BBC a convoy of vehicles was at the rear entrance of Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, preparing to take Mr Mandela to his home in the suburb of Houghton. Correspondents say he has seemed increasingly frail on his rare public appearances since retiring from public life in 2004.

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