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Nelson Mandela was everyone's parent and his discharge from hospital is a cause for celebration all over the world

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Former president Nelson Mandela was everyone's parent and therefore his discharge from hospital was a cause for celebration all over the world, the Mandela family said today.

His grandson Mandla Mandela said in a statement the family is cognisant of the fact that millions of people in the country and around the world regard Madiba as their parent and therefore get as concerned about his well-being as members of his family.

Yesterday, the global icon was discharged from hospital after spending nine days recovering from pneumonia.

He will now receive medical care at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

His grandson said that the family was ‘ecstatic’ that Mandela was home and continued to recuperate well for a man of his age.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/nelson-mandela-was-everyones-parent-and-his-discharge-hospital-cause-ce