Aus politician sorry for Mandela mistake

2013-06-27 09:38

Sydney - An Australian politician apologised to South Africa's high commissioner on Thursday for incorrectly announcing that Nelson Mandela had died.

Resources Minister Gary Gray acknowledged he wrongly told guests attending a Minerals Council of Australia dinner at Parliament House on Wednesday that the anti-apartheid leader was dead.

"I apologise unreservedly and am deeply sorry to have relayed what I thought was reliable advice," Gray said in a statement.

Mandela is in critical condition at a hospital. The 94-year-old former president was admitted to the Pretoria hospital on 8 June to be treated for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

  • Craig John Russell Banks - 2013-06-27 09:53

    no worries mate

      Kosta Ackermann - 2013-06-27 10:34

      She'll be alright

      Kosta Ackermann - 2013-06-27 10:34

      She'll be alright

  • Mahlong Ralinko Ralinko - 2013-06-27 09:53

    No need to apologise, Madiba is dead. These people are playing politics with his death!

  • kgomotso.kgopa - 2013-06-27 10:03

    I do not blame him really. There's so many sources regariding Mandela's condition. Some sources have boldly stated that he, in fact, had died. International media especially.

  • joe.dicks.56 - 2013-06-27 10:05

    The waiting is too long for some

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-06-27 10:07

    Sue him

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-06-27 11:00

      For what? Don't be a p&@s

  • Ernest Dicker - 2013-06-27 10:09

    That's Australia by the way...they should worry more about their aboriginies!

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-06-27 11:01

      They sorted their problem out. Nothing to worry about there

      Mathaithai - 2013-06-27 11:16

      At one stage they wanted to steal the 2010 world cup from us based on deliberate wrong reporting. Typical of them.

  • BenR - 2013-06-27 10:19

    How stupid can people get! Only the government and President Zuma is communicating info about Madiba's condition - so just listen to those messages and ignore the rumours!

      Joan Pupillo Kemp - 2013-06-27 10:24

      Seriously Ben, the "goverment" and "zuma" are going to tell us the "truth". Nah!

      Mathaithai - 2013-06-27 11:19

      @Stepan; all politicians the world over are liers so JZ is no exception. If you tell the truth as a politician, you loose votes.

  • Slp Mulligan - 2013-06-27 10:20

    Until it is officially unannounced, it is WRONG; but then Prof White has told us how smart the Aussies are. Even if he has already passed, it is common courtesy to WAIT.

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-27 10:20

    Go play with your sheep in ausland fool

  • Tim Green - 2013-06-27 10:24

    Why are people believing what The Guardian says?

  • Angelique Meyer - 2013-06-27 10:30

    Okay lets just say he is on life support and not dead (I feel that he has passed away already) and he recovers, wakes up in two weeks time, realizes that his family dug up graves, argued about who gets what, that his family already planned his funeral, and that Zuma was sitting by his bedside at 10pm, Obama has come and gone, Overseas already reported him dead...... WOW Days of our lives you have some real competition!

      Felican - 2013-06-27 10:50

      I felt his spirit left us long ago as well.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2013-06-27 10:31

    Note to Resources Minister Gary Gray: It is mistake that someone in your position is not suppose to make. You suppose to be responsible and clear when you speak your mind. Disrespectful and unforgiveable...I think all should wait upon the news of either the Presidency or the Family before jumping the gun and making assumptions. We need to prepare ourselves for the saddest moment of our history, not assume and run away blaming. Unite and remember we are one nation, with a goal for betterment to all.

  • Ronald Magombedze - 2013-06-27 10:32

    BenR, do you really trust the government and Zuma? When the International Media reported that Mandela's ambulance had broken down and he was in the cold for 45 minutes did not the same government deny it? Only to make an about turn later and admit it? I don't think so

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-06-27 10:36

    Actualy im tired about all this lies. Can someone please tell us the truth.

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-06-27 10:37

    Where did u get the information that mandela is dead?wena nsaubethunya.

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:26

      from South african's, being kept alive for publicity is much worse. Madiba is already said he's goodbye's the family needs time to say their's, it's not easy 2 do.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-06-27 10:37

    Where there is smoke as they say.....

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-06-27 10:38

    how many of you know how Australia became a nation? all the prisoners from Britain were imprisoned thing for sure, they rehabilitated well....formed there own govt. and got their independence and now they are a thriving nation and south africas tenth province..

  • Gerhard van der Merwe - 2013-06-27 10:40

    He probably received "very confidential inside info" from an Aussie "journalist". Aussie "journo's" are pathetic rumour reporters at best. They are usually overwhelmed when leaving their island and land somewhere where real news actually happens. Knowing this,their international colleagues would "confide sensitive news" to them, knowing they would not be able to contain themselves,to the general hillarity of the media community if they step into it once again! Their TV journo's are particularly stupid.

  • Felican - 2013-06-27 10:46

    Ai Jai Jai - Karumba - Mistake or no mistake - in very bad halitosis.... Let OUR Nation Mourn when the time comes. Give US the respect we deserve. Let those in SOUTH AFRICA who wish to mourn be allowed to with dignity. Ai Jai Jai - Eish Wena ..... Yebo - This is really not so Yabo ...

  • Rene Churchill - 2013-06-27 11:00

    Where there's smoke, there's fire! Why are they keeping us in the dark? Do we not have the right to know?

  • Thembinkosi Blessing Ntsele - 2013-06-27 11:00

    We all know our beloved Madiba is on life support we not stupids ... Zuma is waiting for Obama to visit and leave and the announce sad news we all expecting ... And Goverment is also preparing South africans and the World for the worse news in our life time

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-06-27 11:03

    Give Anwar Khan a Bell's. So spot on. Aussies are pathetic, oh no...imbeciles!!

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:21

      no, rumors is, we guess and he took information and made an announcement, I feel sorry for us, cause we r being mislead by our own government.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-06-27 11:03

    I don't blame this man for his mistake. What with family fighting over his money, his grave site and a grave already dug, ready and waiting? This is bad South Africa, the eyes of the world are upon us, and this is the image you prefer to relate. I am ashamed.

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:19

      so true, what they r doing is so wrong, they know, we know that Madiba is not fighting for his life, he is being kept alive on machines. so sad.

  • Louis Dawid Kriel - 2013-06-27 11:05

    Amazing how the useless anc is capable of turning anything/everything into a circus.

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:17

      the problem is that they r not keeping information from us, they r using the press, keeping a wonderful man, on machine's is not right. let him Madiba, go in peace.

  • Zaphi Skhothane Maguma - 2013-06-27 11:19

    Tipical of aussies, always quick to report bad things about south african, he's a doochbag

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:31

      no bad things were said, a statement was made, and he apologized, it is our country's leaders that is using every opportunity to get coverage, and then 2 make an issue out of something. how many sa citizen's have already said RIP Madiba, r they being asked to correct their statements. NO, think again.

  • toniindisgust - 2013-06-27 11:25

    we just keep getting the same old B.S... all the time so who knows?.. If he has passed it will take this bunch of clowns weeks to plan and organise before they tell us ...

      Elsie van Heerden - 2013-06-27 11:33

      I agree with your assumption, something is very wrong with how this is being postponed ecetera.

  • Gregory Pillay - 2013-06-27 11:31

    Bloody idiots

  • Kenny Kwenamore - 2013-06-27 11:59

    No word from the official government lie dispenser Maharaj?

  • Dumi M Moagi - 2013-06-27 12:47

    If people were to be told the truth about the true status of Mandela #medical condition# still no one would believe until they have physical proof it's a shame really

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