Police dispute Mandela hospital report

2013-06-11 14:33
Messages for Nelson Mandela are pictured outside of his Johannesburg home. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Messages for Nelson Mandela are pictured outside of his Johannesburg home. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A Sapa news report earlier on Tuesday to the effect that national police had confirmed ailing former president Nelson Mandela was being treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria has been dismissed as incorrect.

Brigadier Phuti Setati confirmed in an earlier interview that police stationed at the hospital were part of the presidential protection services team, whose task includes protecting former presidents, but did not specifically confirm that Mandela was in the hospital.

Setati took issue with Sapa for having taken the connection between the two as a confirmation, and reporting it as coming from the police.

"That is incorrect. I did not say former President Mandela is in the hospital... for that information you must approach the presidency; not the police," he said.

Setati said the Sapa news report had embarrassed and compromised the police.

Sapa editor Mark van der Velden confirmed the error had come about in the editing of the original news report and that this was regretted.

"It seemed a logical connection of facts and it's a pity that this has happened in the continuing official vacuum of information confirming whether or not Mandela is in this hospital, but we are happy to set the record straight."
Read more on:    police  |  nelson mandela

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
23 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.