Mandela leaves hospital after check-up

Former South African president Nelson Mandela (pictured) has returned home 'under the management of the medical team' following a visit to hospital and is doing well, says a statement by South Africa's presidency says.

It says that Mr Mandela had undergone a successful, scheduled medical examination at a clinic in Pretoria.

"He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team," the statement by Mac Maharaj, the official spokesman of the South African president, Jacob Zuma, said. "We continue to appeal for privacy for Madiba and his family."

Mr Mandela was admitted for the check-up at a Pretoria hospital on Saturday afternoon and was released on Sunday.

The 94-year-old's health has been a concern for many years and he spent 18 days in hospital in December, undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

Mr Mandela served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is widely regarded as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid and for democracy.

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