Democracy icon Nelson Mandela spends first night at home
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africans on Monday welcomed Mr Nelson Mandela's discharge from a hospital after nearly three months of treatment amid concerns that his health remains so poor that he still must receive intensive care at home.
An ambulance returned the 95-year-old leader of the anti-apartheid movement to his home in the leafy Johannesburg neighbourhood of Houghton on Sunday. The office of South African President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela remains in critical and sometimes unstable condition and will receive the same level of care that he did in the hospital, administered by the same doctors.
"If he's back at home, I'm feeling free," said Mr Harrison Phiri, a gardener. "He's the father of the nation." Mr Thembisa Mbolambi, another Johannesburg resident, also expressed satisfaction that Mandela had left the hospital in Pretoria, describing him as "the man who offered himself for us".
The Star, a South African newspaper, carried a headline that read, "Madiba At Home," referring to Mr Mandela by his clan name. The newspaper noted that "worries over infection persist". A headline in The New Age newspaper was more upbeat: "World joy for Mandela."