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Mandela returns home from hospital

JOHANNESBERG, March 10: Nelson Mandela has left hospital after “successful” medical tests and returned to his home in Johannesburg. [caption id="attachment_8600" align="alignleft" width="300"]Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela.[/caption] The 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria yesterday. “The doctors have completed the tests,” presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. “He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team.” Maharaj appealed to the public and media to respect the privacy of Mandela and his family. The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, had earlier released a statement saying it believed Mandela was in “capable and competent hands”. Mandela, who has become increasingly frail in recent years, spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December. At that time, he was treated for a lung infection and had a surgical procedure to remove gallstones. Mr Mandela is revered for being a leader of the struggle against racist white rule in South Africa and for preaching reconciliation once he emerged from prison in 1990 after 27 years behind bars. He served one five-year term as president before retiring from public life.]]>

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