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Madiba to spend first night at home

Many Johannesburg residents have stopped by the Houghton home to wish Madiba well.

Former president Nelson Mandela with his wife Graca Machel at his Houghton home in Johannesburg. Picture: GCIS/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - As former president Nelson Mandela prepares to spend his first night at home on Saturday, members of the public have been streaming to his Houghton home to wish him well.

The 94-year-old former statesman has been discharged from hospital after spending nine days at an undisclosed Pretoria-based health facility.

According to the presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj, "Former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition."

"The former president will now receive home-based high-care."

Maharaj said President Jacob Zuma extended his gratitude to all South Africans and people around the world for their support.

This was Madiba's second stay in hospital this year.

He was admitted to hospital in March.

A 14-year-old boy delivered a get well card to Madiba's gates and told Eyewitness News that Mandela was his inspiration.

"He's helped South Africa and stopped apartheid."

He is just one of the many Johannesburg residents who stopped by the Houghton home throughout the day.

Although the number of cars coming and going from the property reduced as the Johannesburg sky turned dark, several police vehicles were still parked on 12th Avenue, just meters from the house.

Earlier in the day a military ambulance arrived at the former president's home, escorted by several official cars.

Moments later the ambulance could be seen leaving the premises without the convoy.