Madiba remains in hospital

It is still not clear when former president Nelson Mandela will be discharged from a Pretoria hospital.

Former president Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday refused to comment on her statement that former president Nelson Mandela was being treated at Pretoria's 1 Military Hospital.

Speaking on the record earlier this week, she told media outside the facility that Madiba was being treated inside and was in "high spirits".

But on Thursday, Eyewitness News established the former statesman was being treated at a private hospital in the capital city.

Mapisa-Nqakula's spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga told Eyewitness News the minister will not respond to claims she misled the media and public about Madiba's whereabouts.

The 94-year-old former statesman has been in hospital since last Saturday and is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

It is not clear when he will be discharged from hospital.

Madiba has been visited by President Jacob Zuma, former president Thabo Mbeki, his wife Gra├ža Machel and members of the Mandela family.

Local and international media have converged outside the former president's northern Johannesburg residence, as messages of support continue to pour in for the man dubbed "the father of the nation".

In January 2011, Mandela was treated at Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital for a respiratory infection.