11 Mar 2013

Mandela leaves hospital after tests

5:40 pm on 11 March 2013

Nelson Mandela is back home and reportedly well after spending a night in hospital.

The South African president's office said the former president went in for a scheduled medical check-up at a Pretoria hospital and successfully completed all the tests.

A spokesperson says Mr Mandela is well and his health remains under the management of the medical team, AFP reports.

The 94-year-old had been admitted on Saturday for "a scheduled medical check-up to manage the existing conditions in line with his age", less than three months after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones.

He underwent treatment for a recurrent lung infection and surgery to extract gallstones over Christmas, during his longest stint in hospital since his release from prison in 1990.

He was discharged the day after Christmas and was last known to be convalescing at his Johannesburg home.

The revered statesman has not appeared in public since South Africa's Football World Cup final in 2010, six years after he retired as president.