Mandela still in hospital , says South African gov’t

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In this May 2, 1994 file photo Nelson Mandela, and Coretta Scott King, left, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., sing and dance at a victory celebration for Mandela in Johannesburg, after Mandela and the ANC appeared to take the majority of the votes in the country’s first integrated elections. Mandela never met with King but the two fought for the same issues at the same time on two different continents. AP

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s presidency on Saturday denied reports that Nelson Mandela had been discharged from hospital and had returned to his Johannesburg home.

“Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement, following reports on the BBC and Sky television that the 95-year-old had been released.

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