01 September, 2013

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The South African president's office said Saturday that Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized, contradicting earlier reports that he had returned home.

Two sources close to Mandela had told CNN Saturday that he had returned to his Johannesburg home after a long hospital stay. One of the sources, a close family member, later said that there had been a "miscommunication" between the Mandela's medical team and a family member.

"The family mistakenly thought Mandela had been taken to his Johannesburg home early Saturday morning," the source told CNN, adding that there is discussion about sending the former president home and "it is the general wish of both the family and the medical team that he goes home soon."

After the initial reports surfaced, President Jacob Zuma's office issued a statement, saying, "The presidency has noted incorrect media reports that former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital."

"Madiba is still in ho spital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions," the statement said, referring to the revered leader's clan name.

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