Family joyous after Mandela is discharged

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The former South African president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital yesterday after receiving treatment for an acute respiratory infection.

Officials said that the 92-year-old had joked with his wife and nurses, and was handling the "difficulties of old age with the greatest of grace".

Vejaynand Ramlakan, the country's Surgeon-General, said the former leader would receive further care at home after his 48-hour stay at Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital. He added that Mr Mandela was in a stable condition and had not been on a respirator.

"It comes to us this afternoon with great joy to hear that he's been discharged," Mr Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, told reporters.