‘I'm happy Madiba is back at home’

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By SAPA

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela received messages of support from motorists passing his home in Houghton on Thursday.

“I'm happy Madiba is back at home. I wish him a happy new year and he must push for more years,” said one man before he pulled off.

A bus carrying German tourists also passed Mandela's home.

“I wish him well. We are just passing to see his place,” said one passenger.

Mandela, 94, was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after he had been flown to Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home on December 8.

He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

He has a history of lung problems, having suffered from tuberculosis towards his end of his 27-year stay in prison.

Journalists have converged near his home, with cameramen setting up television cameras and photographers taking pictures of cars and people passing Madiba's home.

A number of cars have lined up along the street leading to Madiba's home.

Mandela is continuing to receive medical care as he rests at his home in Houghton, the presidency said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said while he had not received an update from doctors by late Thursday morning, “I assume everything is going well”.

Maharaj said he did not have specific details on the medical regime Mandela is undergoing since he was discharged.

“The doctors told me they are taking him home, where they are giving him home-based high care.”. - Sapa

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