South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital today, more than two weeks after he was admitted for treatment for a recurring lung infection and to remove gallstones.
Mandela, 94, will “undergo home-based high care” at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton “until he fully recovers,” the president’s office said in an e-mailed statement. He was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 8.
Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule. This is the second time he has been hospitalized this year after undergoing abdominal surgery in February.