Mandela to return to Johannesburg from boyhood town

Nelson Mandela's home is undergoing repairs.

Story highlights

  • Mandela grew up in Qunu in the eastern cape province
  • The former president -- affectionately known by his clan name Madiba -- last appeared in public in 2010
Nelson Mandela returns to Johannesburg on Sunday while his home in his childhood town -- where he's been living since last year -- undergoes repairs.
Mandela grew up in Qunu in the eastern cape province, where he turned 93 in July surrounded by relatives.
The former president -- affectionately known by his clan name Madiba -- last appeared in public in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He was briefly hospitalized a year ago for acute respiratory infection, and continues to receive medical care at home.
In a statement, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela "continues to be in good health" and urged the public to respect his privacy as he makes the transition to Johannesburg.
Despite his rare appearances, Mandela retains his popularity and is considered the founding father and hero of South Africa's democracy.
Under South Africa's apartheid regime, Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of sabotage and attempts to overthrow the government.
He was released in 1990 and became president in 1994.