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Mandela Under Medical Attention at His Johannesburg Home

South Africa’s Former Leader Nelson  Mandela
South Africa’s former leader Nelson Mandela was hospitalized for 19 days before being discharged on Dec. 26 to receive treatment at his home. Photographer: Naashon Zalk/Bloomberg

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s former leader Nelson Mandela continues to receive medical care at his home in Johannesburg almost a week after being discharged from a hospital where he was treated for a lung infection and gallstones.

“He is still under medical attention at his house in Houghton,” Mac Maharaj, spokesman for President Jacob Zuma, said in a phone interview today. “There is no further update on his health at the moment.”

Mandela, 94, was hospitalized for 19 days before being discharged on Dec. 26 to receive treatment at his home. He spent two days in a hospital in February undergoing minor surgery related to an abdominal complaint.

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule.

“He remains an important symbol of our struggle for liberation and of the successful transition from apartheid colonialism to a non-racial and democratic society,” Zuma said in an end-of-year statement today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jaco Visser in Johannesburg at avisser3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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