JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A former president of South Africa says he expectsto soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home.
South Africa’s radio broadcaster Eyewitness News reported on Sunday thatwas speaking at a memorial service Saturday when he predicted that Mandela would be going home.
Mandela has been hospitalized for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally. 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.
Thehero spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He turns 95 on Thursday.