Madiba's condition still serious

The Presidency says Nelson Mandela’s condition is sometimes unstable and he may have to be readmitted.

An ambulance is parked outside Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home on 1 September 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Houghton have been seen passing by the home of former President Nelson Mandela after it was revealed he has been discharged from hospital.

Passers-by say they are happy Madiba has returned home and are hopeful he will continue to recover.

Madiba was at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where he underwent several procedures and was transported to his Houghton home in Johannesburg this morning, where he will be receiving high care.

However, the Presidency says Madiba's condition remains serious.

It's understood the former statesman's condition is sometimes unstable and the Presidency says they haven't ruled out the possibility that he may be readmitted.

The 95-year-old former president's home has been furnished with all the medical equipment used to treat him in hospital.

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

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.

He 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.