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Nelson Mandela 'still in hospital'

The office of South Africa's president has said that Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma followed reports that Mr Mandela had been released from the hospital. The update on the 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero's condition is unchanged from last week, when Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela showed "great resilience" although at times he was unstable.

Mr Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with what officials said was a recurring lung infection.

Mr 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.


From Belfast Telegraph