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Apology for lack of update on Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29 (Agencies):
Published on 30 Jan. 2011 12:23 AM IST
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The South African government has admitted it may have contributed to “panic” by not giving the public an earlier update on Nelson Mandela’s health.
The former president was discharged from a Johannesburg hospital on Friday after a two-night stay that prompted widespread concern about the 92-year-old’s health.
Security has been increased around Mr Mandela’s home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, where he arrived by ambulance after leaving the hospital. He is still being monitored by medical staff at home.Mandela was sitting up in bed, breathing unassisted and joking with friends and family, the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, said.
“The Mandela family and Madiba himself would like to convey our appreciation for all those South Africans and people around the world who sent words of support to the family and their prayers,” Mr Motlanthe said.
Motlanthe said the government may have erred and contributed to “panic” by not giving the public an earlier update on Mr Mandela’s health. The Nelson Mandela Foundation had not provided any information since a two-sentence statement on Wednesday that he was undergoing “routine” tests. Mandela’s treatment in hospital reignited concern about the health of South Africa’s first black president, who has not been seen in public since the final of the soccer World Cup on July 11 in Johannesburg.

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