12/26/2012 02:51 pm ET Updated Dec 27, 2012

Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital where he received treatment for a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who had spent nearly three weeks in hospital, was discharged to his Johannesburg home. He has been in frail health for several years.

"He will undergo home-based high care at his (Johannesburg) home until he recovers fully," the government said in a statement issued by the presidency.

"We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery," it said, without offering further details.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis while in jail as a political prisoner. This was his longest stay in hospital since he was released from prison in 1990.