Nelson Mandela votes in local elections

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

Former South African President Nelson Mandela with his wife Graca Machel after casting his vote Photo: AFP

In a photograph taken on Monday and released by his foundation, the first since he was admitted to hospital in January, a smiling Mr Mandela  is shown sitting at a desk with a copy of a local newspaper, flanked by a daughter and a granddaughter.

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

Mr 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.

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