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Madiba not at 1 Military

Former President Nelson Mandela is being treated at hospital in Pretoria, but not at 1 Military.

Nelson Mandela at his homestead in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, two days before his 94th birthday. Picture: Lyoness.TV.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can reveal that former president Nelson Mandela is not being treated at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria as has been widely reported.

The Presidency has never formally confirmed that Madiba was at 1 Military and simply said he was being treated at a hospital in Pretoria.

Local and international media have been camping outside the hospital since the 94-year-old statesman was hospitalised on Saturday. 

Staff confirmed that Madiba was treated at the hospital but said they were sworn to secrecy. 

They did let slip that former president Thabo Mbeki has paid a visit and well as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. 

Eyewitness News spotted several black military police vehicles with their unmistakable yellow license plates parked at the facility. 

But on Monday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula did confirm on the record that Madiba was at 1 Military.

Eyewitness News understands that is not the case and has decided not to name the Pretoria hospital in a bid to protect Madiba's privacy.

Military and police vehicles have been spotted in the area where he is being treated.

The statesman is being treated for a lung infection. 

The presidency said doctors were satisfied with his progress and he was responding to treatment.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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