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False Reports on Mandela's Hospital Release

A well-wisher takes a picture of a banner with the image of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria July 18, 2013.
South Africa's presidency says reports that former president Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital are not true.

A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office says Mr. Mandela is still in a Pretoria hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Earlier Saturday, various media accounts had Mr. Mandela home in Johannesburg after a lengthy hospital stay.

Mr. Mandela, who is 95, was admitted to the hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

The former president has been in and out of the hospital for much of the past year.

Mr. Mandela is revered in South African and beyond for this role in ending official racial discrimination and white minority rule. After spending 27 years in prison, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa's first black president the following year.