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'Nation must not be misled about Madiba'

Presidency says SA should not be mislead by rumours about Madiba’s health on social networks.

 Nelson Mandela was admitted to a private medical facility in Pretoria over two weeks ago. Picture: Nelson Mandela Foundation.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency at the weekend warned the nation not to be misled by rumours on social networks who spread false information about Nelson Mandela's health.

Social media has been flooded by speculation about the 94-year-old's health as he enters day 17 of his stay at a Pretoria hospital.

He was admitted two weeks ago for a recurrent lung infection.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj urged South Africans to reflect on the pain the rumours have caused the Mandela family.

Maharaj also questioned the silence of social commentators and the country's leaders as social networks flooded with speculation over Madiba's health.

"The social media networks are a reality we cannot wish away, but can't allow it to control our lives and allow ourselves to be driven by the false information it's carrying."

"Why are there no voices raised in our society against the human depravity manifested in such rumours? It has become a matter of concern. Is it not time for all of us to look at ourselves in the mirror?"

He said the former president continues to respond well to treatment.