Nelson Mandela Discharged From South African Hospital

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital after spending ten days being treated for pneumonia, a statement from the the presidency said. 

“[Mandela] has been discharged from hospital today, 6 April, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition,” it said.

Mandela’s latest treatment is his third visit to hospital in four months, raising worldwide concern over the health of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.

Mandela is respected round the world for leading the struggle against white minority rule in South Africa, and then actively promoting the cause of racial reconciliation when in power.

He has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner on Robben Island and other jails for his attempts to overthrow apartheid rule.

Some lovers of the widely-respected leader feared his latest admission to the hospital might be the end of the 94-year-old, but the great man isn’t bowing out yet.

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