Nelson Mandela stable, resting at home: Presidency

Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital for a respiratory infection.

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela`s health is stable and he is resting at home after a two-day stay in hospital for a respiratory infection, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.

"So far so good," spokesman Bongani Majola said of Mandela`s recovery since being discharged from hospital on Friday afternoon.

"There`s no development. He`s still stable, he`s still at home. The latest is what you heard (Friday). Nothing has developed whatsoever," he said.

Mandela, 92, was released from Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday. South Africa`s surgeon general said he would continue to receive care at home.

The news ended two days of anxiety over the anti-apartheid hero`s health, after a statement from his foundation saying he had entered hospital for "routine tests" was followed by a news blackout from officials and the hospital over the condition of the country`s first black president.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe ended the silence on Friday with news of Mandela`s discharge. He promised the government would issue regular updates on the Nobel peace prize winner`s health.

"If there`s any further development, we will definitely announce," Majola said on Saturday.

Bureau Report