ANC: Keep praying for Madiba

ANC has urged the nation to keep Madiba in their prayers.

Grandchildren wishing Nelson Mandela a happy 94th birthday at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Picture: Peter Morey

JOHANNESBURG - As former president Nelson Mandela receives home based high care treatment at his Houghton home, the African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday urged South Africans to continue praying for the 94-year-old.

Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Wednesday after more than two weeks.

He was admitted for a recurring lung infection and underwent a procedure to remove gallstones.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu said, "We are very thankful for all the prayers showered on him while he was in hospital. Again we request that people continue to pray for him but also give him and his family the privacy they deserve."

Meanwhile, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela is being treated at his Houghton home rather than in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, so that he can be closer to the best medical care.

"The question of where Madiba goes is a matter of right from his retirement and that is his personal wish. At the moment it is the medical considerations that require him to be at his Houghton home, so that he can be near enough to high-care medical attention," said Maharaj.