A former president of South Africa said he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home.
South Africas radio broadcaster Eyewitness News reported on Sunday that Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service Saturday when he predicted that Mandela would be going home.
Mandela has been hospitalised for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection. Friends who have visited him say he is on life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. The most recent official update on his health said Mandela was in critical but stable condition. But both Mandelas wife,Graca Machel,and President Jacob Zuma have said recently that Mandela is responding to treatment.
Mandela turns 95 on Thursday. Mbeki was his key deputy and succeeded him as South Africas president in 1999.