Four South African black activists who took refuge in the West German embassy Monday to protest against detention without trial left the mission Wednesday.

"We are leaving the embassy now in a victorious mood. We are very happy about what we have done," said Ephraim Nkwe, one of the four.The four, who escaped from a Johannesburg hospital where they were being treated for the after-effects of a hunger strike, left the embassy after the government said they were free men.