Addressing the media together with acting President Kgalema Motlanthe Surgeon General Vejaynand Ramlakan said the 92-year-old Mandela affectionately known the world over as Madiba, was suffering from ailments that are common in people of his age but was in good spirits.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe – told scores of Journalists during the press conference at Milpark Hospital where he was being treated “ Madiba is well.There is no need for the nation to panic. ”
South Africa’s liberation hero flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Wednesday for a check-up.Friends and family visited him amid tight security at Milpark hospital on Thursday.
On Friday Mr Ramlakan said Mr Mandela had suffered a respiratory infection, but was responding well to treatment and would be receiving home-based care.
Sources said a convoy took Mr Mandela to his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Another anti-apartheid hero and former Anglican Arch Bishop, Desmond Tutu had told the media a few days ago that Mandela was frail but in good spirits.
Mandela had not been seen in public since the world cup last year.Elders from his Eastern Cape village of Qunu had also converged on his home in Johannesburg to give support to his family.