Madiba discharged

Madiba is currently receiving intensive care from medical personnel at his home in Houghton.

Former President Nelson Mandela.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has released a statement that former president Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he has been receiving treatment.

Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria.

His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.

The Presidency said that during his stay in hospital from the 8th of June 2013, the condition of the former President vacillated between serious to critical and is at times unstable.

He has received full medical support and continues to do so. He has also received visits from family, friends and colleagues.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude.

Madiba has been treated by a large medical team from the military, academia, private sector and other public health spheres.

Maharaj has thanked all the health professionals at the hospital for their dedication. He also thanked the media for the maturity and understanding that all have in general displayed.

Maharaj has also called on all to allow the former president and his family the necessary private space so that his continuing care can proceed with dignity and without unnecessary intrusion.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane said "The DA is delighted that president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital. I think his medical team has worked exceptionally hard. We congratulate them and thank them for the work they are doing and we continue to keep Madiba in our prayers."