Madiba residence quiet after his return

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IOL nelson mandela profile Associated Press (File image) Nelson Mandela's has been in hospital since December 8.

Johannesburg -

Nelson Mandela's Johannesburg residence was quiet on Friday following his release from hospital earlier this week.

Only a few cars with military registration plates and two private vehicles were parked at the former president's Houghton home.

A young boy, believed to be one of his great-grandchildren, was seen entering the house around 1.30pm but left soon thereafter.

A few motorists slowed down and gazed at the house as they passed by, hoping to catch a glimpse of activity.

On Thursday, scores of motorists, including a German tourist bus made their way past the residence and conveyed messages of support to Madiba.

There was a media contingent outside his home, with cameramen setting up television cameras and photographers taking pictures of cars and people passing the house.

The 94-year-old was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and was reportedly receiving home-based medical care.

He was flown from his home in the Eastern Cape to a Pretoria hospital on December 8.

Mandela was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

He was hospitalised for 18 days - his longest hospital stay since he was freed from prison.

He has a history of lung problems, having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of his 27-year stay in prison. - Sapa

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