Mandela should be near physicians at home: gov't
APJOHANNESBURG--The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said Thursday.
December 28, 2012, 12:25 am TWN
Mandela left a hospital Wednesday evening after nearly three weeks of treatment there, and was brought to his home in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton. The anti-apartheid icon, also known by his clan name, Madiba, has spent more time in recent years in the rural village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province, where he grew up.
Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, said he hopes “it won't be too long before he's with us back in Qunu, where he belongs,” but acknowledged that the doctors' assessment is critical to any decision to travel.
Mandela was admitted Dec. 8 to a hospital in the South African capital of Pretoria. The ex-president was treated for a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones.