afrol News, 31 January - South Africa's ex-President and freedom hero Nelson Mandela is "doing well" three days after being discharged from hospital after suffering from an acute respiratory infection, official sources confirm.
Former President Mandela was "responding very well to medication and treatment and continues to be visited by close family and relatives," South African government sources stated today.
Doctor Veejay Ramlakan, who treats Mr Mandela, said the 92-year-old statesman would continue to receive close monitoring and 24-hour care from a team of specialists. Dr Ramlakan said Mr Mandela had had a restful and peaceful Saturday evening and was recovering well.
Also acting South Africa's President Kgalema Motlanthe had visited Mandela at home on Saturday. "At the conclusion of the visit, Mr Motlanthe said President Mandela was doing very well, in good spirits and resting. Mr Mandela told Acting President Motlanthe that he was pleased to be back at home and spending quality time with his loved ones," said a concluding government statement.
Today, former Robben Island fellow prisoner Andrew Mlangeni added to these voices, saying he had paid Mr Mandela a visit.
"Mandela is wonderful! ... He looks well and he was very happy to see us. I conveyed to Madiba the good wishes and prayers of the people of South Africa and the world ... that everyone is wishing him well. I want to ask people to continue to pray for him," said Mr Mlangeni in a radio interview, this morning.
Mr Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital in last Wednesday, where he spent two-and-a-half days receiving treatment for the ailment that dates back to when he was a prisoner suffering from tuberculosis on Robben Island.
His admission to hospital caused shock in South Africa, but the old leader was discharged on Friday, much to the relief of South Africans. The 92-year-old is now receiving home-based care.
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