Recovering Mandela votes in South Africa election


Former South African President Nelson Mandela voted in local elections 10 months after the 92-year-old elder statesman last appeared in public, his foundation said.

In photographs and a short video clip taken on Monday and released by the South African government, the first since he was hospitalized in January, a smiling Mandela is shown sitting at home with family and election officials, casting a ballot and reading through local dailies.

Mandela moves slowly in the video as he listens to an election official, and does not speak, Reuters reports.

Mandela spent several days in hospital after suffering an acute respiratory infection, raising concerns about the anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who fought to bring democracy to the country.

Mandela cast a special ballot for those unable to vote at polling stations from his home in an affluent district of Johannesburg, two days before formal election day.

He has been receiving treatment at home since being released from hospital.