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Update: Nelson Mandela still in hospital, earlier reports 'incorrect'

Reports this morning suggested that the 95-year-old has left hospital almost three months after being admitted.

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FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, according to the country’s current leader who dismissed earlier reports that the 95-year-old had returned to his Johannesburg home.

BBC News and Sky News reported earlier that Mandela’s daughter had confirmed that her father had left the Pretoria hospital after an almost three-months stay.

President Jacob Zuma issue a statement today to note “incorrect media reports” about a purported discharge.

“Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition,” a statement read. “At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions.”

He was admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection on 8 June and was placed on the ‘critical list’ soon after. However in the previous update from current president Jacob Zuma, the anti-apartheid legend was said to be “showing great resilience”.

Although Sky News quoted confirmation from Mandela’s daughter, she did not give any indication of his current state of health.

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