South Africa: Mandela remains in hospital

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Well wishers sing songs in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Sunday, July 7, 2013. South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, who was admitted June 8 for a recurring lung infection, has now spent a month in the hospital. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The office of South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in a critical but stable condition.

The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma followed reports that 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 Zuma said Mandela showed "great resilience" although at times he was unstable.

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

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.