“But right now, the doctors have considered it necessary and good that he should be in Houghton so that he’s close to all the facilities where we can give him high care,” Maharaj said.
Maharaj noted that Mandela had been in good spirits while receiving President Jacob Zuma and other visitors while he was hospitalized.
“Madiba was doing well, but as you know, when you’re recovering there are ups and downs, slight ups and downs, and the doctors are looking for a steady progress and that began to be registered over the last few days,” the spokesman said.
Mandela is revered around the world as a symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation, his legacy forged in the fight against apartheid, the system of white minority rule that imprisoned him for 27 years. The Nobel laureate served one five-year term as president after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.
Maharaj said Mandela is able to see his family “more easily” now that he is at home, but he appealed to the public to respect the former president’s privacy “to allow the best possible conditions for his full recovery.”