Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Mandela 'could soon be discharged'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela turns 95 on Thursday
Former South African President Nelson Mandela turns 95 on Thursday

A former president of South Africa says he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home.

South Africa's Eyewitness News reported that Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service on Saturday when he predicted that Mr Mandela would be going home.

Mr Mandela has been in hospital 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 Mr Mandela was in critical but stable condition.

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

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