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Mandela back home

After spending some of the weekend in hospital, former South African president Nelson Mandela returned to...

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After spending some of the weekend in hospital, former South African president Nelson Mandela returned to his home in Houghton on Sunday night.

The 93-year-old former statesman was taken to an undisclosed hospital on Saturday morning for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

Some international media reported he had surgery for hernia problems but the Presidency insisted doctors performed a small diagnostic procedure and could not find anything serious.

A statement released by the Presidency on Saturday, confirmed Mandela was admitted to hospital but did not disclose which hospital.

The media initially camped outside the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg where the former president received treatment for a respiratory infection in 2011.

Security guards, however, were adamant he was not at the facility.

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also visited the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC), Morningside Clinic, Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Tshwane District Hospital but saw no sign of his presence.

Some media also camped outside the One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Security refused to allow media inside and arrested a photographer for taking pictures of the hospital.

A five car convoy with blue sirens were escorted from the facility by a police car.

But, the motorcade was believed to be ushering a member of the Presidency and not the former statesman.

Meanwhile, a meeting between government, the National Press Club, Sanef and the Foreign Correspondents Association is scheduled for Monday to discuss the poor handling of the media.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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