JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital Friday after suffering an acute respiratory infection that has responded well to treatment, officials said.
Surgeon-General V.J. Ramlakan told reporters that the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon would now receive home-based care.
"Dr. Mandela is in high spirits and has been visited by his family and friends," Ramlakan said. "Medically, at present, there is no need to panic."
Mandela had been admitted to Milpark Hospital on Wednesday, and the relative silence surrounding his hospitalization had led to speculation about his condition. Journalists have been camped outside the hospital and outside his Johannesburg home.