South African government denies reports that former president has gone home after lengthy bout of lung illness
The office of South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma followed reports that Mandela had been released from the hospital. The update from Zuma’s office on the 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero’s condition was unchanged from last week, when Zuma said Mandela showed “great resilience” although at times his condition was unstable.
Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with what officials said was a recurring lung infection.
Mandela spent 27 years as a prisoner under apartheid and then emerged to negotiate an end to white minority rule before becoming president in the country’s first all-race elections in 1994.
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