Nelson Mandela Returns Home From Hospital

The former South African president had been receiving treatment at a Pretoria hospital since June.

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An ambulance carrying Nelson Mandela on Sunday arrives at his home in Johannesburg. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

South African President Jacob Zuma's office said on Sunday that Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he had been receiving treatment since June, according to CNN. The former South African president will continue his recovery at home.

"Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable," President Jacob Zuma's office said, referring to the revered leader's clan name. "Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria."

Mandela, 95, was hospitalized June 8 because of a lung infection. He marked his July birthday at the Pretoria hospital where he has been surrounded by relatives.

Sunday's news of his release came after confusing reports on Saturday about whether he had been discharged.

There was some confusion Saturday when two sources close to Mandela said he had returned home -- only to be contradicted by the president's office, which said he was still hospitalized.

"The family mistakenly thought Mandela had been taken to his Johannesburg home early Saturday morning," the source then told CNN.

Read more at CNN.

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