Nelson Mandela has not left hospital despite reports

  • 31 August 2013
Nelson Mandela

South African ex-President Nelson Mandela is still in hospital despite reports suggesting he had returned home.

The 95-year-old was admitted with a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

It was reported on Saturday morning that the country's first black president had been released from hospital.

But the government say that isn't the case and he is still in a critical but stable condition.

Image caption Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in South Africa's Robben Island.

The lung infection is said to date back to a period of nearly thirty years he spent in prison for protesting against the apartheid.

The apartheid was a system of government that oppressed black people, despite forming the majority of the population.

It was a crime for black people to ride a white only bus , to walk on a white only beach and to live in certain places.

When Mandela was released from prison he became South Africa's first democratically elected president.

Throughout Mr Mandela's stay in hospital, the current South African President Jacob Zuma urged the country to pray for him and keep him in their thoughts.