Leave Madiba to die in peace - Jansen

2013-04-08 07:56
Prof Jonathan Jansen (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

Prof Jonathan Jansen (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - Respected academic Professor Jonathan Jansen reportedly told shocked students over the weekend that he wished former president Nelson Mandela would rather die in peace.

“Don’t you also wish that he would die now?” the University of the Free State rector told about 250 students who were attending a leadership conference at the campus, reported Volksblad.

The young people were clearly shocked when asked this question and many could be heard to be gasping.

"Every time we hear he is in hospital and everybody thinks this time he will die. 'Big' Mac [Maharaj, the presidential spokesperson] lies when he says Madiba is going for routine examinations. If you are 94, you go to hospital to die, not for routine tests," said Jansen.


Jansen’s spokesperson, Lacea Loader, told Volksblad Jansen didn’t want to comment on his speech.

 "His message centred around the absence of leadership in SA. He was giving examples."

She said he meant that people should leave Madiba to die in peace.

Mandela was discharged from hospital on Saturday after being treated for a lung complaint and was recovering at home.

A furious Mac Maharaj said he would have to think carefully before officially commenting on Jansen’s words.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said he was shocked.

“His comments put him in the same category as a sadist. How does he think Madiba's family feels? He is an educator who misuses his power to mislead children,” Khoza reportedly said.

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