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Mandela discharged from hospital

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela celebrates his birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa, on July 18, 2012. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Schalk van Zuydam

After nearly three months in hospital, former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has been discharged.

A medical convoy arrived at Mandela’s Johannesburg home Sunday, though it was not immediately clear if he was inside.

The 95-year-old has been hospitalized repeatedly, most recently for a recurring lung infection from his time in jail under apartheid.

A government statement said he is still in critical condition and at times unstable.

But some took his release as a sign his condition was improving.

“It’s everyone’s prayer in South Africa that he has to recover,” one woman said.

“And after such a long time that he’s been in the hospital, it’s great news and a relief that he’s going home.”

His home in the upscale Houghton neighbourhood has been outfitted for special care, the presidency said, while requesting privacy for the family.