Mandela 'could soon be discharged from hospital'
Nelson Mandela may be discharged from hospital soon to recuperate at home, said a former president of South Africa.
The prediction about Mandela (inset) leaving the hospital was made by Thabo Mbeki as he gave a memorial lecture for the ANC on Saturday.
Mr Mandela has been in hospital for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally.
The most recent official update on his health said he was in critical but stable condition.
But both Mr Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and President Jacob Zuma have said recently that he is responding to treatment.