Madiba has not been discharged

Several news agencies reported this morning that Madiba has been discharged from hospital.

Former South African president and world icon Nelson Mandela.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says it has not been informed that former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital.

Several international news agencies including the BBC, Sky and CNN are this morning reporting that Madiba has gone home to Houghton following his lengthy hospital stay that has lasted nearly three months.

One quoted one of Madiba's daughters while another referenced sources close to Mandela.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says he cannot confirm that former president Nelson Mandela has in fact been discharged.

He says he has not been informed that Madiba has been sent home and would not comment further.

All official communication around the health of the former president comes from the office of Jacob Zuma.