Former president Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Graca Machel, traveled home to Qunu in the Eastern Cape in an unscheduled visit with his extensive medical team.

Sources close to the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon said he had told his family: “I want to go home.”

Staff at Mthatha Airport in the Transkei—usually warned days in advance of an impending visit—were only told moments before “to get things ready.”

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