Mandela could soon be discharged, Mbeki says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A former president of South Africa says he expects Mr Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home.
South Africa's Eyewitness News reported on Sunday that Mr Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service on Saturday when he predicted that Mr Mandela would be going home.
Mr Mandela has been hospitalised for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally. Friends who have visited him say he is on life support in the form of mechanical ventilation.
The most recent official update on his health said Mr Mandela was in critical but stable condition.