Mandela Could Soon Be Discharged, Mbeki Says

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 20:  Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and F.W Deklerk attend the opening ceremony for The Presidents Cup between USA and The Internatioanl team on November 20, 2003 at The Links Fancourt Golf Course, George, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Mandela Could Soon Be Discharged, Mbeki Says

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki recently disclosed that Nelson Mandela might be discharged from the hospital to recover at home.

Published July 15, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Nelson Mandela may be discharged from hospital soon to recuperate at home, said a former president of South Africa.

The prediction about Mandela leaving the hospital was made by Thabo Mbeki as he gave a memorial lecture for the African National Congress Saturday, reported the South African radio news service Eyewitness News.

Mandela has been hospitalized 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 Mandela was in critical but stable condition. But both Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and President Jacob Zuma have said recently that Mandela is responding to treatment.

The anti-apartheid hero spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994. He turns 95 on Thursday.

Mbeki was Mandela's key deputy and succeeded him as South Africa's president in 1999.


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(Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Written by Jason Straziuso, Associated Press


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