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I find it very hard to do this post but feel it is necessary as the word is spreading fast that former South African leader Dr. Nelson “Madiba” Mandela has passed away. The rumours are said to have started on Twitter a few days ago. The Nelson Mandela Foundation picked up on this rumour and immediately issued a press release stating that the 92 year old hero is healthy and on holiday. However, just recently Mandela was admitted into the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. At first it was said that he (Mandela) was there for his routine checkups. It was then later learned that Mandela was being treated for some sort of lung disease…the point is Mandela is still alive and everyone can stop getting their wires crossed.

The media are still being prohibited from entering the hospital and have since crowded outside the hospital hoping to get a snap of the Mandela family members. Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela was reportedly seen entering the hospital yesterday afternoon and eyewitnesses say she left the hospital weeping. This led to the media assuming that something had gone horribly wrong.

With so many assumptions, hear-say and speculation going on, those not in touch with fast paced news outlets may be led to believe that their hero is no more. People from Mandela’s birth home in Qunu village have already sent out prayers and are keeping close contact via cell phones etc with what is happening in Johannesburg.

Personally, I believe that Mandela’s situation has been blown out of proportion thanks to social media where people followed the same rumour. It’s crazy to think how one person could tweet “RIP Nelson Mandela” and within minutes, almost the entire country is weeping.

An update came in this morning that Mandela has been discharged from hospital and is now resting at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

This is a very private matter that needs to be handled with care and respect especially from the public. Yes Mandela has been hospitalized and yes as a nation we should keep him and his family in our prayers but NO that does not mean we can go around making false claims/assumptions that may appear as a “joke” to you but an issue of disrespect to another.

Get well soon tata Madiba, wishing you a speedy recovery.

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I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

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