Nelson Mandela has not been released from the hospital despite reports by major news outlets that Nelson Mandela has returned home. “The Presidency has noted incorrect media reports that former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital. 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,” informed The Presidency, Republic of South Africa, on Aug. 31, 2013.
The incorrect media reports of Nelson Mandela’s hospital release had relied on a source that is now saying that it had been misinformed about Nelson Mandela’s release.
Nelson Mandela’s family has long hoped that the South African icon would improve enough so that he would be able to make the journey home to the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton and be treated there.
The confusion and incorrect information about 95-year-old Nelson Mandela’s hospital release could have originated from the family’s hope and the possibility of getting the former president home.
On June 8, Nelson Mandela was admitted to the hospital in Pretoria due to a recurring lung infection which dates back to a period of nearly three decades when he spent time in prison for anti-apartheid activity.
Nelson Mandela’s hospital stay since June is his longest time in the hospital since he was released from prison in 1990 and it has been covered extensively in South Africa and by the international media.
Nelson Mandela, who is South Africa’s first black president, is admired by many as the father of the nation – a father that no one wants to let go.