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Mandela leaves hospital in South Africa after 87 days

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Mandela leaves hospital in South Africa after 87 days


Former South African President Nelson Mandela has returned home after spending 87 days in a Pretoria hospital suffering from a lung ailment. It has been a recurring problem for him since the nearly three decades he spent in prison.

The anti-apartheid leader’s home in Johannesburg has been “reconfigured” to allow him to receive special care there, according to South Africa’s government.

South Africa’s presidency spokesman, Mac Maharaj said:

“The panel of doctors review his case every 12 hours. Those are medical decisions they make and we do not interfere with those decisions at all and they have decided that they have reconfigured the house so that he can receive proper intensive care just as he would receive in hospital.”

Mandela made his last public appearance before the Soccer World Cup final in Johannesburg in 2010.

In April the South African state broadcaster aired a clip of the 95 year old being visited by current President Jacob Zuma and official from the African National Congress.

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