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Article updated: 7/5/2013 9:00 AM

S. African government denies Mandela is "vegetative"

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Stones with well wishes in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela lay in front of his house in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 5, 2013. Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday, and the president's office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a "vegetative state."

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Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, the South African government said Friday, while a close friend said the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. The government reiterated that Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents.
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