Nelson Mandela was yesterday discharged from hospital where he has been treated since June 8 for a recurring respiratory illness. "Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning … been discharged from hospital in Pretoria," the presidency said. It said his condition "remains critical and is at times unstable". He was taken to his suburban Johannesburg home in an ambulance escorted by police. Officials said he will receive the same intensive care at home. "If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done," they added. President Jacob Zuma's office said Mandela has been treated by "a large medical team from the military, academia, private sector and other public health spheres". There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for the transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation. Mandela turned 95 on July 18. Zuma had urged South Africans to accept that Mandela had grown old and frail, saying all they could do was pray for him. Well-wishers delivered flowers and messages of support to the hospital where he was being treated, and prayer sessions were held around the country. The government has released few details about his condition, citing patient confidentiality.