Madiba returns home to recover
Nelson Mandela has been discharged to his Houghton home and will receive home-based care.
JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela will now receive home-based high care treatment at his Houghton home, following a hospital stay of just over two weeks.
The 94-year-old was discharged from a medical facility in Pretoria on Wednesday evening.
He was admitted to hospital on 8 December for a recurring lung infection; he also underwent a procedure to remove gallstones last week.
Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said the public and the media's respect was noteworthy.
"We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery."
Social networks were abuzz with messages of well wishes for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as he continues his recovery process.
Many said they were praying or thinking of him at this time.
At the same time, President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday encouraged South Africans to continue praying for Madiba, after he spent Christmas with the former president and his family.
Mandela's humanitarian efforts and role in ensuring equality for all South Africans has gained him worldwide status and love.
He served as South Africa's first democratic president for one term and retired from public life in 2004.