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Mandela discharged from hospital

FORMER President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment since 8 June - and this time it's for real.

UPDATE: 1 September at 5.30pm

After false reports on 31 August indicated he was back home in Houghton, the great Madiba finally left the hospital on 1 September.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said, “We would like to wish him all the best as he continues his recovery at his Johannesburg home.

“Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria.

“His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.

“We now call on all to allow the former President and his family the necessary private space so that his continuing care can proceed with dignity and without unnecessary intrusion.”

UPDATE: 31 August 2013 at 10am

Reports that former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital are incorrect, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

“Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions,” Maharaj said.

31 August 2013 at 8.59am

According to international broadcaster, BBC, the former president returned home after a long visits a Pretoria hospital.

Sky News¬†quoted one of Mandela’s daughters, who allegedly confirmed the news that Mandela had been discharged from hospital.

Mandela was admitted with a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

The last update local media received from the presidency was on 27 August, where President Jacob Zuma said that Mandela remained in a critical but stable condition.

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