Zuma’s Office Denies Reports Nelson Mandela Home From Hospital

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JOHANNESBURG — The South African president’s office said Saturday that Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized, contradicting earlier reports that he had returned home.

Nelson Mandela, 95, was hospitalized June 8 because of a lung infection.

Two sources close to Mandela told CNN on Saturday that he had returned to his Johannesburg home after a long hospital stay. After reports by various media outlets, including CNN, the president ‘s office issued a statement.

“The presidency has noted incorrect media reports that former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital,” the statement said. “Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions.”

Madiba is the revered leader’s clan name.

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