Not true - Presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, has denied reports that elderly statesman Nelson Mandela is in a 'vegetative state'(SABC)
The Presidency says that doctors treating former president Nelson Mandela have denied that he is in a vegetative state.
The Presidency said in a statement on Thursday evening that it had noted media reports on his condition and that it would like to clarify the situation.
Spokesperson Mac Maharaj has confirmed that Madiba remains in a critical, but in a stable condition.
Media reports on Mandela's condition were based on court documents submitted during a dispute over the re-burial of his three children.
Their remains were returned to Qunu on Thursday after court action by 16 members of the Mandela family against his grandson, Mandla Mandela.
The Eastern Cape High Court ordered Mandla Mandela to return the remains of his grandfather's three children to Qunu from Mvezo, where he moved them two years ago.
Maharaj spoke to SAfm AM Live's Tshepiso Makwetla on the matter of Madiba's health.