ANC, SABC face backlash after Mandela 'exclusive'

2013-04-29 22:30

Cape Town - Social media commentators on Monday rounded on the ANC and the SABC after new footage of Nelson Mandela was released showing a clearly ailing former president, despite the party's earlier assurances to the contrary.

President Jacob Zuma and high-ranking members of the ANC had visited Mandela at his Houghton home earlier in the day, accompanied by the SABC, who released "exclusive" footage of the visit.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu had released a statement shortly after the visit, saying that "officials are satisfied that president Mandela is in good health and is receiving the very best medical care".

President Jacob Zuma said he found Mandela "in good shape and in good spirits", adding that " you can see him, that he's really up and about and stabilised".

But the "exclusive" footage painted a much more worrisome picture, showing him with a vacant look on his face, and appearing to utter very few words.

As reported by AP, the SABC video shows Mandela in an armchair, his head propped up by a pillow, his legs on a footrest and covered by a blanket, looking grey-skinned and unsmiling with his cheeks showing what appear to be marks from a recently removed oxygen mask.

Zuma jokes and laughs with ANC officials, some Mandela family members and the former president's medical team while Mandela stares straight ahead, unresponsive.

Zuma tries to hold Mandela's hand but, given his lack of response, ends up covering it with his own.

"Smile, smile," Mandela is urged as one of his grandsons grabs a cellphone to take a picture.

Mandela attempts a weak smile but, as the flash goes off, he closes his eyes and purses his lips. Mandela is known to dislike camera flashes, as his eyes are sensitive after years of working in the glare of a limestone quarry when he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Outrage on social media platform Twitter grew swiftly, with condemnation directed at Zuma, the ANC, and the SABC.

A Twitter user questioned Zuma's and the ANC's assertions that Mandela was fine, despite what the footage showed:

Gilmar Walsh tweeted: Yoh! Zuma think he is on radio, we got footage of Mandela, this man saying Mandela is well.. Yoh yoh yoh!! Mandela is at 6's and 7's...

Another said: Wonder what Mandela will look like if ANC says he is in bad shape, if this is his Good shape.

Said DJ Shawny B: So so sad. Our icon is slowly fading away with age and the government tries to cover up Madiba's frail condition.

The SABC took flak, in light of previous calls for media to respect Mandela's privacy.

Matshidiso Madia tweeted: Looks wrong to make him pose for a photo" *sooo wrong! Looks like an empty shell. I don't understand.

Said Tsholofelo K: Mandela is 94 and frail. Can the media give him some privacy. Can the man be sick in peace?"

Another was quite blunt: SABC are so dumb for posting that video of Mandela. This is just shocking.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was to the point: SABC should be utterly ashamed of themselves tonight.

Others took issue with what they perceived to be an invasion of Mandela's privacy by the ANC:

Brent Lindeque: After everything Madiba has done for us this is how they treat him. Like an animal at the zoo. Shame on the ANC.

Another said: It must take a politician do stuff like that, because no normal human being would do anything like that to an old man!

Said Alex Eliseev: No one should ever have their home invaded by politicians. Ever.

Madiba looked more like a prop in that photo op with the ANC bigwigs. Made me feel uneasy, Tweeted Iman Rappetti.

Other Twitter users were just shocked at what they saw:

Said Tumi Modiroa: This footage of Mandela is heartbreaking.

Despina Zoras said: Scariest thing seeing Mandela on the news tonight. He looked hollow.

While Noko Moloto said: After seeing a rare footage of President #Mandela I became really worried about him...

Another user said: Those eyes, that isn't life... #Mandela thank you tata for your life.

Christine Qunta was quite emphatic: We can't repeat this enough, he has served us as humanity nowits time for Pres. Mandela to rest. Leave him ALONE PLEASE!!!

  • Faith Keabetswe Leburu - 2013-04-29 22:36

    Oh geez people Mandela is an old man and his health is just in accordance to his age. Haai journalists need to find something new to write about, whether they claim he is out bungee jumping or not it just makes sense that at his age he is likely to have memory loss etc...

      Piet Pompies - 2013-04-30 06:14

      Faith, well said! what do they want this 94 year old to do? Run the comrades. The media put Mandela on a pedestal and expect him not to get old or frail. They should get new things to report about.

      Robbie Leivoor - 2013-04-30 06:22

      Did anybody else feel like they were watching a bad re-make of the movie Weekend at Bernie's?

      Ryan Viljoen - 2013-04-30 07:45

      I wonder if this was not a desperate attempt by the ANC to "steal" back Mandela as their own following the DA's use of his image in their campaign. I find it strange that after all these years of no footage of him, suddenly, on the back of the DA's advert, they feel good to surround him and broadcast it.

      Denis Dendrinos - 2013-04-30 08:32

      Faith, you're right, leave him alone - but why does the anc lie about his condition?!

      Petro Borchard - 2013-04-30 08:32

      Ryan Viljoen - my thoughts exactly!! This was so embarassing. Can't believe Graca allowed this circus to take place.

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-30 08:35

      DA 2; ANC 0. Game over.

      Michele Holmes - 2013-04-30 08:55

      I don't think it was a vacant stare. i think it was disinterest and disgust at being surrounded by hyenas.

      sunblock - 2013-04-30 08:56

      i don't think it is fair to blame journalists or the media - who do you think arranged the photo opportunity? The President. It was an attempt to score political points using the media. Unfortunately, in their desperation to do so they failed (because they're parading an old sick man, for their own public relatio0ns agenda), and thus showed their own callousness.

      Matthew Jones - 2013-04-30 09:37

      @Michele Holmes: dude,you hit the hammer on the nail there boet!!! Hyena's!!! thats all those politicians are!

      Sean Goldie - 2013-04-30 10:19

      Not going to have much FAITH in miss the point of the article...I don't think many are surprised at his frailty...but rather that the government you voted into power is so blatantly trying to cover that fact up...and they ARE USING Madiba in their exploitation...and it takes the likes of you and your cronies to overlook that fact again and again and again...and re-elect the idiot ZUMA for another round of bull$hit...wot a varking joke...

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 10:27

      I have just had another look at the video, here is the link: It is now not as bad as When I initially saw it. He even made a comment towards the end of the video. Let us have a look and comment.

      Athena - 2013-04-30 10:42

      Most of us have or have had an elderly parent or grandparent who has become frail with time. It is very difficult to watch a much loved family member lose their mental clarity and physical strength slowly. I cannot believe the family agreed to this,I'm sure the great man would not have liked to be shown on TV in this state of extreme advanced age. I for one will not watch this video clip. I prefer to remember him dancing with joy and being charming and funny. Remember that getting old is not optional for most of us. It can happen to us too and all we can hope for is that our families help to preserve our dignity when it does.

      Franklyn Davies - 2013-04-30 11:18

      surely this must be the ANCs Rubicon,if they dont deal with this PR disaster it could really be the catalyst of losing credibility with their members in a big way,surely they stand the risk of imploding on their own legacy....they have taken a poisoned pawn for political expediancy.

      Freddie Miller - 2013-04-30 13:13

      Mandela still has more common sense and intellect than Zooma.

  • Yondela Yondie Yondz Valela - 2013-04-29 22:41

    At least we wanted to see him and stop beleiving Maharaj's lies.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-30 12:15

      Lets make something clear here:Mandela doesn't belong to the ANC to be used as a porn but the whole world. Shame on you again.

  • Manyusa Themba - 2013-04-29 22:42

    What were they trying to archieve

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-30 06:35

      Possibly also preparing us for Mandela's passing...

      Nella Kruil - 2013-04-30 08:10

      Squeegee... preparing for the death of a 94 year old man should be preparation in itself.

      Mariana Barry - 2013-04-30 08:18

      Building votes by invading Madiba's privacy instead of building a campaign on their empty promises

  • Teboho PM Joala - 2013-04-29 22:43

    I don't know if it has become a disaster and shame if a person who is almost 95 looks barely alive. With age every fades away from the person we knew when he was lot younger such is life. I don't see anything wrong, everyone was asking for 'proof of life' and there they saw it, what else don't they want?

      Dan Gleebits - 2013-04-29 22:55

      Respect for human dignity? Not to abuse him for cheap Zuma political points?

      Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-29 23:34

      As with everything we want the truth! Why must lies be told about Madiba's health?

      Themba Maseko - 2013-04-30 00:42

      Although it was hurting to see a great man like him that is well know for his smile starring like that, we must nonetheless accept that he is 94 years old and was imprisoned for 27 years. Now there is no man on Earth who has been imprisoned for 27 year and is 94 years and is still ALIVE!!! There has been too much speculation that Madiba is just on his bedside and cannot do anything, now this has been proven to be false, but he has lost his spark. The man is strong, very strong. Long Live Madiba! Long Live! Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela! Akekho ofana naye!!!!

      Denis Dendrinos - 2013-04-30 08:56

      Shame Teboho - you're so used to being lied to by your revolutionary house that it doesn't even phase you any more....or is it just blind faith and naivety?

      Steven Herselman - 2013-04-30 09:02

      There is lots wrong Teboho PM Joala. First of all the ANC invaded his privacy for cheap thrills and some votes, and they will get them because people are uneducated, that was the point, they were never interested in showing us proof of life before, so think about it, if you where tired and sick and frail, would you enjoy the company of vultures who warped your idea of what this country was supposed to become, and then watch these men sit around smiling and joking like puffed up @rseh0les?

      Del Pearson - 2013-04-30 09:23

      Who, may I ask, requested "proof of life". It would be headlines if otherwise.!!!!

      Sean Goldie - 2013-04-30 10:23

      How about the truth from the start for once...again the ANC cronies will overlook the fact that their beloved ANC and leader are A$$holes

  • Manyusa Themba - 2013-04-29 22:43

    Shame on sabc

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-29 22:48

      Shame on the ANC for using Madiba so shamelessly.

      SharonE - 2013-04-29 22:54

      How demeaning for him to be put on display like this! They even removed his oxygen mask for the occasion! Jacob Zuma knows no shame. Nelson is a human being, not a political pawn or media prop! Give the man some dignity, for crying in a bucket.

  • Dan Gleebits - 2013-04-29 22:45

    And this is the bullsh*t propaganda that SABC then produces: Social media reacts to Madiba footage: Clearly, SABC is living on planet Zuma. No other explanation really - problem is the ANC voting fodder will actually believe this crap.

  • Thami Jeffrey - 2013-04-29 22:49

    Shame on you!!!!

  • Midzo Funzo - 2013-04-29 22:51

    They shouldn't have done this to him...Baba mandela deserves respect.,,Mxm

      PeterJohn - 2013-04-29 23:03

      Hear Hear!

  • Midzo Funzo - 2013-04-29 22:52

    They shouldn't have done this to him...Baba mandela deserves respect.,,Mxm

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  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-29 22:55

    Weekend at Bernie's? Zuma calls it "up and about"... *facepalm*

      Mariana Barry - 2013-04-30 08:23

      exactly the movie that came to mind last night!

  • Aaron Mtyele - 2013-04-29 23:00

    Shame on you, JZ, attention seeking man and your dessiples,gone is the the ANC that I fought for, men of integrity and honesty are gone. How can you show Tata in this condition? SABC you should be ashamed of yourself.Disgusted for days......# shocked#

  • Peter Krummeck - 2013-04-29 23:01

    How dare the ANC and it's glove-puppet broadcaster commit such an outrageous breach of privacy? Have they absolutely no sense of propriety or moral shame? Have they abandoned all the protocols of decency? It would seem so! Just when we think this ugly cahoot cannot possibly disgust us further, they sink to a new low. The combined shafting the ANC and SABC are imposing on national intelligence makes a pit latrine smell like lavender. And the Info Bill will slap a million rands and years in gaol on any opposition attempt to stop the stink.

  • nicholas.vilakazi.77 - 2013-04-29 23:01

    Everyone wants to have an input on how Mr Mandela should live and I find it ridiculous no-one owns him except God so I don't blame SABC news no ANC for all this, after all He's the Father of S.A. political freedom yes he is old but as a icon it's right that the Citizens of S.A and the world could see Him, I also have a 90 years old grandfather I can go mad if someone says I am not allowed to see Him or take a picture of Him, in short I don't understand the point of those who are complaining

      Gerald Parker - 2013-04-30 07:06

      Nick and Pngwenya nobody said that family are not allowed to see him. Madiba himself asked that flash photography must not be uSED and that EVERYBODY must respect his privacy quote " dont call me I will call you" You are not his family so respect his privacy and pngwenya the vultures that Madiba must be protected from are the ANC

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-30 10:56

      Pngwenya, There is a whole lot of difference between protecting and exploiting. When you have learned the difference, we will talk again.

  • PeterJohn - 2013-04-29 23:02

    Well, well, well...I'd like to hear from an ANC supporter about this, if this is the level that Zuma is prepared to stoop to, just when we thought he couldn't drop any lower, than you know have to ask yourself - what ELSE is he prepared to do to pull the wool over your eyes? Can't you see the type of person that this man actually is? My heart bleeds for Madiba. To think after all he has done for us that now, in his twilight moments, the very dignity, grace and stature he bestowed on us all, is denied him in return. Shame on you Zuma, shame on you!

      Sandile Mnotho Mathenjwa - 2013-04-29 23:05

      Nelson Mandela looked as comfortable as a 94 years man who just survived hospitalisation would be. Now this nonsense that he look uncomfortable is just rubbish. He is arguable the most comfortable 94 years old in the world. We pay generously for his comfort. Those of you who claim that the ANC is abusing Mandela are quite when the DA has the nerves to put him on their poster with DA logo. Mandela is the icon because of the ANC, that you cant take away. He remain a member of the ANC in good standing and love this movement with his life. How much pain do you think Mandela feels when he sees his face in a DA poster? I am sure that does not put a smile on his face, his legacy is being distorted while he lives. The DA has insulted the intelligence of the nation trough factual misrepresantatio of history and lies and you are quite. Were you expecting Nelson Mandela at 94 to look charming? Do you want Mr Zuma to say nelson Mandela is dying? You and your media reporters are disgusting. We are going to vote for ANC

      PeterJohn - 2013-04-30 00:52

      @Sandile: I could care less what the DA does, where did I even mention them in my post? furthermore, you should be more concerned with your own parties behaviour and less with the behaviour of other parties - because one party does something, that does not mean that the other should do the same. Oh and one more thing, Madiba is not an icon of the ANC - the ANC are who they are... BECAUSE OF HIM! There is a difference and if you cannot see that then we are not able to continue debating with each other any longer.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 06:08

      People are just threatened by the ANC, why should showing that Mandela is still ALIVE make people think that this is an election stunt. I have to seen the DA poster with Mandela in it. If there is such a poster then clearly DA was trying to steal the Mandela brand before elections. Besides its good for the world to see him ALIVE before the planned tribute by soccer legends on 18 July. This is nice!!!

      Gerald Parker - 2013-04-30 07:12

      Pngwenya have you ever met Madiba and spoken to him I bet not well I have and he has more culture in his little toe than you and all of your AllNowClown brothers will ever have. Oh just so that your one cell brain can take this in SABC is the ANC mouthpiece

      PeterJohn - 2013-04-30 09:09

      @Themba: Damn right we're threatened by the ANC but not for the reasons you think. In any event, the DA used a picture of Madiba and Helen Suzman (however unsavoury) which is NOT current, least they've also managed to resurrect her from the dead. The umbrage that I and many others take to this, is again not so much the use of his image per sa but the manner in which it was presented - read this article again, take not of the commentary that transpired at the just leaves a bitter taste. Perhaps we should ALL take a step back and see this for what it is instead of covering it with party politic vitriol. I maybe somewhat guilty of that myself - but emotions run high. Black South African's don't have the monopoly on Madiba, he liberated us ALL and thus we ALL have a vested interest in his well-being no?

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2013-04-30 12:56

      Sandile mnotho mathenjwa........there is a huge vacuum on your head where there is supposed to be a brain. Should i place an order for your brain.............

  • Siyamthanda Luvo Vimbani - 2013-04-29 23:04

    Whats next?are they going to show us his daipers?

      Riffak Traws - 2013-04-30 07:19

      50 bux says he wears white boxers

  • Adil Smit - 2013-04-29 23:17

    His family should spend time with him now and the politicians should leave him alone.

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-29 23:35

      Agree... and the ones that treat him with great respect, bottom line!

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 06:09

      Mandela is a retired politician, but he is still an ANC member, sorry to you!

      Marco Bischoff - 2013-04-30 08:15

      His family are to worried about how they are going to make money of his legacy.

      WernerPretorius39 - 2013-04-30 08:34

      Themba... What coat tails are you and your other Zuma cronies going to ride once Madiba passes... It's not long my friend... Madiba is the father of this new democratic South Africa... Just a pity that his ANC "Comrades" are destroying every little bit of his legacy...

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-30 08:37

      My pet poodle can be an ANC member. Just pay the R12 fee. Easy peasy.

  • Neville Prinsloo - 2013-04-29 23:19

    Those scum bags do not respect Mr. Mandela at all. How dare they use him like that. It sickens me that they use him like a rag doll for cheap publicity. ZUMA MUST QUIT.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 06:10

      Use him for what?

      Mark Mann - 2013-04-30 13:39

      Hey Themba, I'm just surprised so many people are indulging in a battle of wits with you. Me, I refuse to challenge an unarmed person.

  • Rob Greene - 2013-04-29 23:23

    Apologies. Minority

  • Andrew M - 2013-04-29 23:25

    This was no more than a stunt by the ANC to try score political points and seemingly convince all that the Madiba is fine, clearly that is not the case. Please ANC spin doctors leave the man alone to live what is left of his life in peace.

  • Johnny Geffries - 2013-04-29 23:26

    Mandela looks really sad and heartbroken. There is no spark or "madiba magic" left :'( i know he is 94 years old but i mean damn, ever since JZ came along we have just seen our countries greatest icon and one of the worlds biggest humanitarians be reduced to a shell of a person. The ANC make me sick and should be ashamed...and so should the naive people supporting such a disgusting administration!

      Marlene Black - 2013-04-30 07:07

      Themba, the word was naive not native.

      Gerald Parker - 2013-04-30 07:20

      Themba please take reading lessons. Where does Johnny mention native he mentions naive but I think that he should not have said naive he should have been honest and said stupid

      WernerPretorius39 - 2013-04-30 08:38

      Good God Themba... Your comments clearly indicate your level of intelligence!! Holy smokes!

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-30 08:40

      It's like when Zille referred to "educational refugees" from the Eastern Cape and the critics just leave out the word "educational". Failure to display basic reading comprehension, really. Small wonder our educational system is considered to be among the world's five worst.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 09:19

      I'm sorry I made a mistake and I have since deleted my comment. in any case I was asking. There is no need for all the hullabaloo! Insults and all deragotory comments. Grow up SA! The man may have missed a t but eish I' m the one who added a t.

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-30 12:02

      T 4 2 and 2 4 T Me 4 U and U 4 me... Tweedle deedum and tweedle deedee

  • Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-29 23:27

    This is the best proof ever that the government regards the population as stupid and that the SABC cannot be trusted!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-29 23:32

    I'll say it as many times as is necessary - this was in extremely bad taste from the anc. Don't think that the sabc is to blame - they wouldn't have been allowed if the president hadn't given permission. This is definitely a hundred times worse than what the DA did by displaying Mandela on one of their posters. At least he was still healthy and strong then. Shame on you anc! Leave the man in peace.

  • WildCatSal - 2013-04-29 23:37

    Next time.. Do Not Open the Door! Tell them to voetsak! Ai.. This is not good, my heart bleeds.

      Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2013-04-29 23:57

      @ wildcat its tym they chase these fatcats out when they use madiba for their own selfish gain

  • Cape - 2013-04-29 23:38

    South Africa is not a true democracy; president using the state broadcaster to manufacture their lies to the nation, Hitler comes to mind!

  • nicholas.vilakazi.77 - 2013-04-29 23:39

    Yes, I suspect they hate to see Him alive as he is the cause of downfall

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-29 23:45

    Zuma, the sight of you is enough to make anyone feel worse than they already do. Mr Mandela, get a restraining order.

  • Rre Thuto Mouwane - 2013-04-29 23:45

    It comes to a point where one becomes totally speechless at the things being done in this Country...tonight im at that point

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-04-30 07:05

      Me too... this was macabre!

  • nicholas.vilakazi.77 - 2013-04-29 23:47

    They hate seeing the old man still alive because he is the cause of their downfall, they are just pretenders who cares but I really hurts them looking at him, long live Mandela long live!!!!

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-04-30 03:36

      Hahahahaha! Stupid racist!

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-04-30 06:18

      Butana you know what is an idiot, that is a very bad word, only used by those who think are intelligent and everyone else is stupid!!!

  • Llewellyn Arendse - 2013-04-29 23:51

    power without vision is wasting time,vision without power is merely day dreaming. But power with vision will change your world. Thank u for all the wisdom tata.U the last hero i have left. I'll miss u when u gone and wouldn.t forget u. Mach love to u.

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2013-04-30 00:07

    I honestly don't know what Zuma and SABC are trying to gain by disrespecting Mandela like that. Mandela is very unwell

      Themba Maseko - 2013-04-30 00:52

      Although it was hurting to see a great man like him that is well know for his smile starring like that, we must nonetheless accept that he is 94 years old and was imprisoned for 27 years. Now there is no man on Earth who has been imprisoned for 27 year and is 94 years and is still ALIVE!!! There has been too much speculation that Madiba is just on his bedside and cannot do anything, now this has been proven to be false, but he has lost his spark. The man is strong, very strong. Long Live Madiba! Long Live! Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela! Akekho ofana naye!!!!

      Clement Mokone - 2013-04-30 04:49

      Wisdom is supreme. But has none. That's why he is so disliked and his government so darkened. There is no spark in zuma's governmen, nothing exciting at all.

  • Hein Huyser - 2013-04-30 00:19

    Sad to see this hero of the world steadily fading. But more sad is the hyaenas circling, and the higgest vulturescsre those closest to him. The words dignity and greed do not fit in one sentence to describe them. Shame on them.

  • Petrus Marx - 2013-04-30 00:26

    With todays' medical breakthroughs, the body is kept alive much longer than what the mind intended. Just leave the man alone, and let him face his Creator and go in peace. They make him a out as a middle man between the races. When he moves on, and the crazy starts, we climb than hill like we always do. Maybe its time for the rocky road...

  • Tumelo Phatladira - 2013-04-30 00:30

    I dont get wat everyone is going on would be naive of us to not make peace with the fact that our President Nelson Mandela has aged and i am very happy to see him once more because i believe he looks good for a person his age.As Africans we embrace them...they are our elders and we appreciate them hence we do not put them away in old aged homes as if they have leopracy.VIVA MY BLACK PRESIDENTas Mabrr would say and thats what i see in him and not what this article is trying to paint.

  • Nandipha Zonela - 2013-04-30 00:30

    How exactly r people expecting a 94 year old person to look like??

      WernerPretorius39 - 2013-04-30 08:46

      That's not the issue here... Any person who has 2 brain cells will know a 94 year old man is not going to look good. The problem is the fact that Zuma blatantly belittles the population & Madiba by lying to the entire nation. "Up & About" Whatever...

      Larry Brinkley - 2013-04-30 14:17

      Nelson Mandela died a long time ago, this is a scam! That is a robot!

  • Wesley Fick - 2013-04-30 00:31

    That's it, all respect for Zuma is now lost. I repeat, respect for Zuma is now lost.

      Mark Mann - 2013-04-30 13:48

      Never had any to begin with. But I'm sure he won't care what his people think, as long as he is safe in Nkandla (if he is even going to live there).

  • Tau E Ntsho Taukobong - 2013-04-30 00:36

    Ke utlwile botlhoko thata to go mmona a ntse jana botsofe bo iteleketse ka matla, let his family have quite time with him he did a lot for this country there,s no one who will be like him.

      Trudie van Dyk - 2013-04-30 13:40

      I'm quite appalled by how these cANCer supporters spell. Themba you guys must all have matriculated through the idiotic education system of your idiotic president. One writes Madiba is a porn (pawn), shame, the other wants quite (quiet) time and the other says he was starring (staring) Scary, scary.

  • John Calitz - 2013-04-30 00:53

    Dear people please leave Nelson Mandela alone. He did not even recognize Jacob Zuma. He knows nothing of Robben Island or that he was President of South Africa. This was just a propaganda stunt by the ANC. The poor man was so confused he remembered no one, his eye looked bewildered not knowing what is going on. Bad taste just for a political gain.

  • mya.schultz.16 - 2013-04-30 00:53

    Sies! Shame on them for there blatant attempt at attention grabbing. For those who think Madiba lacks life in his eyes... check again, I see hostility and antipathy... the man knows what has happened and who this devil is touching him.

  • LĂ©Fifi Mashigo - 2013-04-30 01:00

    Wow. I have no words for the ANC.

  • Phokinition Sixpointhree Johnson - 2013-04-30 01:13

    Teardrop#tata is now old and tired. we all know he is a proven fighter but enough is enough.tata Mandela is now tired.

  • Graham Leslie Hurlstone-jones - 2013-04-30 01:52

    This has nothing to do with respect. The genuine caring of one of the great elder statesman of this country is long gone ( ask Tutu )Next year is elections and you will see these pictures photoshopped and emblazoned everywhere as the ANC will not be able to "wheel him out " this time.

  • Ravin Khoza - 2013-04-30 01:58

    Thanks to SABC news. I am now convinced that the old man is still alive. A nice news hunt, keep up. I wish you can do that monthly. Don't mind about what the public is saying about the video clip. Thats what they do to their old ones. How can you hide your own to the people. Thanks SABC.

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-04-30 05:08

      It's not about hiding him Ravin! It's about treating him with the respect and dignity he deserves! He has sacrificed so much and shouldn't be paraded in front of the cameras like that. I personally don't want to see him on tv every month, I want him to spend his last few days, months, years on this earth in peace, quiet and comfort! You should be just as ashamed!

      Ravin Khoza - 2013-04-30 08:18

      No no no no, you should just be ashamed. Its a clear indication that when you mom or dad reach the age of 90 you'll take him to nursing home and instruct them to keep him behind closed doors. I can that being cruel and inhuman. Showing the reality about the old man's health its a blessings. Treating the video clip in African respective nothing is wrong unless you treat it in some other race i wouldn't wish to mention.

      Allan Robert Troskie - 2013-04-30 10:41

      Madiba does not belong to you - you have no right to invade his privacy. Madiba belongs to himself! You fools will kill this poor old man with your disgusting and desperate efforts to win the votes of the uneducated.

      Ashwin Nehal - 2013-04-30 11:20


      Mark Mann - 2013-04-30 13:55

      The whole thing reminds me of the people who take their grand parents' grant money everymonth. Take them to the paypoints just so they can rob them. That is exactly how this thing makes me feel. If that is respecting the elderly then God help us. (Apologies to all who do actually respect your elders - this comment is not directed at you). Bye the way Mr. Khosa - the video has made me less convinced about the status of Mandela

  • Natasha Van Zyl - 2013-04-30 02:01

    Actually, thanks to the SABC for showcasing the poor judgement of the ANC. Right? Especially father Jacob, he should be ashamed.

  • Thomas Poole - 2013-04-30 02:38

    It is sad to see if not one, the utmost icon in international and racial peace fading away and seeing how he is treated by the anc and especially Jacob Zuma and how arrogant and ignorant they are taking this, but im glad for all those beautiful South Africans out there united as one behind and infront of madiba pretecting him againest all the flack being sent to the public about him. WE ALL LOVE YOU MADIBA !!! ARE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU!!!AMEN!!

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-30 03:50

    Was it really necessary to drag him to that so-called press conference just to be paraded like an animal in the zoo? Whose interests does it serve and how? But, oh how can I forget when he was drag out of his home after the Polokwane debacle just to give authenticity to those dubious characters just to lie that he approved the removal of a sitting president contrary to section 89 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996. This is to serve as a wake up call to those who sheepishly follow the current so-called leaders of the ANC what they are made of. Shame on you, I say again and again. Shame on you. Maybe the lies by one Big Mac were better than what I saw in the television. But again this is very good just to show the charade that they call South African democracy is nothing but lies that only increases the already bulging pockets of the selected few. Cry the beloved country, cry! We are not far from being one of the failed African states. Anyway we in Africa, where else?

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-04-30 07:10

      Hi Sipho. This was truly one of the most pathetic and humiliating things I have seen the ANC ever do. Having been present at a few deathbeds myself (and a paramedic for a while) all I can say is that these ANC types would sell their own mothers into prostitution if at all possible. We the people will survive this and we will get the government we deserve. Down with the ANC!

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-30 08:56

      @Miguel:)Thank you for your brilliant, positive and intelligent response to my comment. The most pathetic part was when Jacob Zuma was forcing him to smile while he was giggling like a 17 year old teenager falling in love for the first time. What has the world come to? Why this abuse of a 94 year old allowed to continue? Can't he be left to finally bow in peace without him being encircled by vultures lacking moral fibre? Why? Oh, why?

      Trudie van Dyk - 2013-04-30 13:43

      Thank you Sipho, you give me hope.

  • Dina Makeke - 2013-04-30 04:14

    iyo Mandela's condition is really not promising to live longer *worried*. Not like it to say but the man is tired, for all he needs its privacy.

  • Dina Makeke - 2013-04-30 04:24

    iyo Mandela's condition not promising to live longer *worried*. Not like it to say but the man is deeper tired and all he needs naw is privacy.

  • James Bosch - 2013-04-30 04:30

    Once again the anc in action what else are they going to lie about. We all know mandelas condition why lie about it.?

  • Joe Mase - 2013-04-30 04:56

    Total an utter disrespect to a great man... you idiots should be ashamed of yourselves...