Mandela Might Be Going Home
Former president Mbeki thinks discharge from hospital is imminent
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2013 7:13 AM CDT
A painting of Nelson Mandela that has been in Klerksdorp prison since it was made in 2011 by a prisoner named Renato Booysen is donated to the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – A former president of South Africa says he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home. Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service for another ANC leader when he said that he was "quite certain" Mandela would be going home, reports South Africa's Eyewitness News. Mandela, who has been hospitalized for more than five weeks for a lung infection and is reportedly on life support, turns 95 on Thursday.