Mandela Returning to Home Village

South African President Jacob Zuma assured that the aging leader is in "good heath," but wishes to remain in his home village of Qunu indefinitely.

Posted: 05/29/2012 11:13 AM EDT
Former South African President Nelson Mandela attends the memorial of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela at the St Stithians College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg June 17, 2010. Mandela joined hundreds of mourners on Thursday at the funeral of his great-granddaughter who was killed in car crash last week. The death of 13-year-old Zenani Mandela forced Mandela to cancel plans to attend the opening game of the Soccer World Cup last Friday, dampening the mood at the start of global sports spectacle.

(Photo: REUTERS/Alexander Joe/Pool)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is leaving Johannesburg on Tuesday to take up residence in his eastern home village of Qunu, the country's current leader said Monday.


In a statement Monday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela will stay in Qunu indefinitely.


Mandela "is in good health and we constantly assure him of the love, support and good wishes of millions of South Africans and people around the world," Zuma added.


In February, Mandela was hospitalized for a test to determine the cause of an undisclosed stomach ailment.


Mandela, who turns 94 on July 18, has homes in Johannesburg and Qunu. In recent years, he has spent more and more time in Qunu.


Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, has retired from public life. He became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term.



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