Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital, South African Government Says

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

JOHANNESBURG The South African presidency says former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital after an improvement in his condition.

A statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma says 94-year-old Mandela was discharged on Saturday and will now receive care at his home. Officials say he was treated for pneumonia.

The statement sent to media outlets, including CBS News, described Mandela's improvement as "sustained and gradual."

Mandela was admitted to a hospital in the South African capital of Pretoria on the night of March 27. It was his third trip to a hospital since December.

In the statement, Zuma thanked the medical team and hospital staff that looked after Mandela.

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