Mandela's hospital discharge shows 'progress': Zuma

In this photo taken on July 2, 2005 former South African President Nelson Mandela appears at the Live8 Concert to fight poverty in Johannesburg. Mandela remains in a "critical but stable condition" said South African President Jacob Zuma during a speech in Malaisia. The ailing 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon, fondly known by his clan name "Madiba", was hospitalised in Pretoria on June 8 with a recurring lung infection

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Nelson Mandela's discharge after nearly three months in hospital showed that he had made "progress", South African President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday, adding he is responding to treatment at home.

"I think we feel very good... that he could leave hospital which indicates the progress he has made," Zuma told journalists.

"He remains critical but stable, responding to treatment," said Zuma.

South Africa's first black president spent 86 days, including his 95th birthday in July, in a Pretoria hospital for a recurring respiratory illness.

Army and private ambulances transported him to his Johannesburg home on Sunday, where he will continue to receive intensive care from the same doctors who looked after him in hospital.

But concerns linger about the health of an elderly man who has been in and out of hospital four times in the last year.

In the past few months, the Nobel peace laureate was once said to be on life support and there were unconfirmed reports he had to be resuscitated.

Despite an upbeat mood resulting from his release from hospital, medical experts say he still faces a long and uncertain road to recovery.

"We acknowledge that he is old and that he is not well, but we are very happy that he has gone home," said Zuma.

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