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Mandela stays in Johannesburg home for continued treatment

JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 27 — Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela will stay in his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton for continued medical treatment, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said on Thursday.

Doctors think it is "necessary and good" that Mandela, who was released from hospital Wednesday evening, stays in his Johannesburg home, Maharaj told eNCA television.

In this way, Mandela, 94, can be close to medical facilities for continued medical care, the spokesman said.

The former president was discharged from hospital after almost three weeks in a Pretoria hospital.

Mandela "will undergo home-based high care at his Houghton home until he recovers fully," Maharaj said on Wednesday.

On Dec. 8, Mandela was flown to a hospital in Pretoria from his native village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province, starting his longest stay in hospital since 2001 when he underwent seven weeks of radiotherapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

During his hospital stay, he underwent a successful surgery to have the gallstones removed after doctors attended to his lung infection.

Mandela served as South African president from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected president, he served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island off Cape Town. (PNA/Xinhua)


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