No, he’s not! Confusion as South African gov’t says Nelson Mandela remains hospitalised


Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela chats with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (unseen) during a meeting at his hotel in central London June 24, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Contrary to reports by the international media that Nelson Mandela had been discharged and had returned home,the South African government has released a statement saying that the former President is still in hospital

South Africa’s presidency today denied reports that Mandela had been released from hospital and had returned to his Johannesburg home and described them as “untrue”

Mac Maharaj, the spokesman for the presidency on Mandela’s health, said he had not been informed by doctors about Mandela being released, as reported by the BBC and Britain’s Sky television.

“I have not been told that,” he told AFP. “I don’t think that is true.”

“Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria and remains in a critical but stable condition,” Maharaj later said in a statement.

During Mandela’s more than 80-day time in hospital, the presidency through Maharaj has been the official source of information about the anti-apartheid icon’s condition.

The 95-year-old has been in hospital since June 8 and for most of that period has been in critical condition.

Read more: Vanguard Newspapers

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