Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: SOWETAN
Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: SOWETAN

FORMER president Nelson Mandela continues to receive messages of support at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Thursday.

"I am happy Madiba is back home, I wish him a happy new year and he must push for more years," said one man, before pulling off.

A minibus carrying German tourists stopped at Mr Mandela’s home.

"I wish him best and well; we are happy to see his house," said one passenger.

Mr Mandela was discharged on Wednesday, after he was flown to a Pretoria hospital from his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on December 8.

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

The elderly statesman has a history of lung problems, having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of his 27 years spent in prison.

Four policemen were seen outside the gate controlling access to the house on Thursday.

Two black cars with military number plates parked a few metres from the gate.

International and local journalists are camped outside the house.

Television cameras are focused on the entrance of the house, while photographers took pictures of cars and people passing near the house.

Painted rocks with birthday messages still decorate flower beds outside his home. Mr Mandela turned 94 on July 18.

"Mandela we love you," reads one stone, painted in white.

A yellow one reads: "Nelson Mandela, if we [could] have our way we would keep you for ever."

Mpho Xolo wrote, "Lots of love from South Africans."

The presidency said on Wednesday that Mr Mandela would be under home-based care at his Johannesburg home until he recovered fully.

He spent Christmas Day in hospital. This was his longest stay in hospital since his release from prison over two decades ago.