Former South African President Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

PHOTO: Former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa, July 18, 2012. The South African presidency says Nelson Mandela was re-admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, March 28, 20

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the hospital after being treated for pneumonia.

According to current South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Mandela has been steadily improving during his nearly two weeks of being hospitalized.

In a statement Saturday, Zuma thanked "the hard working medical team and hospital staff for looking after Madiba (Mandela) so efficiently."

Mandela's recent hospitalization was his third since December.

He spent 18 days in the hospital due to a lung infection and gall stones last December. Earlier this year he was hospitalized for additional medical tests.

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Accodring to Zuma, the former South African president will continue to be treated at home.

After the fall of apartheid, Mandela was the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and he remains hugely popular in the country.

He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending apartheid through non-violent means.

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