Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

  • Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.

    A presidency statement read: "Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, 6 April, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition. The former president will now receive home-based high care. President (Jacob) Zuma thanks the hard working medical team and hospital staff for looking after Madiba so efficiently."

    Madiba is Mandela's clan name.

    The 94-year-old was admitted on March 27 for a recurring lung infection and had to have fluid drained.

    Mandela spent 27 years in jail for leading an anti-apartheid campaign.

    His lungs are said to have been damaged during the time he worked in a prison quarry.

    After leaving prison in 1990, he led the African National Congress party to a landslide victory, marking the first time South Africa's black majority was allowed to vote.

    He was elected as South Africa's first black president in 1994 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

    Mandela stood down from his post in 1999 after serving one term.

    He has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.