ANC criticises Mandela obituary ad

2013-04-03 20:29
Jackson Mthembu (File: Sapa)

Jackson Mthembu (File: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Mistakenly advertising an obituary of former president Nelson Mandela on pay television DSTV was insensitive, the ANC said on Wednesday.

"This was uncalled for and totally insensitive on the part of DSTV as [former] president Mandela is alive and receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, as reported by the presidency," spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

Mthembu said the ruling party nonetheless welcomed the satellite TV service's apology.

An ad of the obituary, titled "Remembering Madiba 1918-2013" appeared on Universal Channel 117 on Tuesday night, featuring facts about Mandela's life.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital last week with pneumonia.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj on Wednesday told The Star newspaper the mistake was unfortunate and insensitive to the Mandela family.

He commended the channel for removing the insert and explaining the mistake.

The Universal Channel said it had obituaries ready for major statesmen and offered a "sincere and heartfelt apology for the airing of such announcement... due to a technical error by our team".

Viewers vented their anger on social networking site Twitter, calling on the channel to pull the insert and apologise.

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