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Mandela back home

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 00:57

Sept. 1 - Still in critical condition, former South African President Nelson Mandela returns home from hospital where he was treated for a recurring lung infection. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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After nearly three months in hospital, South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is discharged. A medical convoy arrived at his Johannesburg home Sunday, though it was not immediately clear if the former president was inside. The 95-year-old has repeatedly been hospitalized, most recently for a recurring lung infection from his time in jail under apartheid. A government statement warned he is still in critical condition and at times unstable. But some took his release as a sign his condition was improving. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN SAYING: "It's everyone's prayer in South Africa that he has to recover, and after such a long time that he's been in the hospital, it's great news and a relief that he's going home." His home in the upscale Houghton neighbourhood has been outfitted for special care, the presidency said, requesting privacy for the family.

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Mandela back home

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 00:57