Mandela media task team established

2012-02-27 22:30

Johannesburg -  A task team comprising of local and foreign media, as well as government officials, will be established to deal with future news reports on former president Nelson Mandela's health.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said the decision to form the team was taken during a meeting between media and government representatives on Monday.

"The character of the meeting was very positive. There was agreement and a meeting of minds on concerns about former president Nelson Mandela," he said in a statement.

"All parties expressed appreciation around the concerns regarding Madiba's privacy and sensitivity in communicating on his health status."

The task team would discuss how to manage Mandela's possible hospital visits in future.

"All parties re-iterated their resolve not to negatively impact on Madiba's dignity and his family's privacy."

The presidency said Mandela was released from an undisclosed hospital on Sunday, after he was admitted for a stomach ailment on Saturday morning.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said there was "nothing wrong" with Mandela and that he was admitted to undergo a laparoscopy, also known as minimally invasive surgery, or keyhole surgery.

On January 26 2011, a virtual void of information marked Mandela's admission to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, for a respiratory infection. By that Friday, with very little information to go on, reports of his death started circulating on Twitter.

It was only when he emerged on a hospital gurney, wearing a hairnet, that the rumours were put to rest.

This had followed a packed press conference at 12:30 on the Friday, January 28, addressed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Surgeon General Vejaynand Ramlakan.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which customarily managed publicity for the 93-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, only broke its silence on Monday, January 31 2011.

It subsequently emerged there had been a "turf war" over who should handle the information flow on Mandela's health.

  • Matanje - 2012-02-27 22:55

    Just another job opportunity for some. But it won't change the chaotic character called "The Last Days of Nelson Mandela".

      Max - 2012-02-28 05:22

      Yes, how can this move be seen as something positive? This is just a way of the ANC to control the information that is made available to the public under the pretence of protecting Mandela. If Nelson Mandela was the Pope or something that drew thousands of reporters with every public appearance creating chaos in streets, I can agree but unfortunately he is not. This is more a move towards this African grandeur image where leaders think they are much more important than they really are with their convoys of black cars and blue lights. What will happen if these godlike creatures would decide to walk amongst us mere mortals on the street....the truth is nothing because for 95% of them we wont even recognise them. Grow up Africa and get over your self importance.

      RA - 2012-02-28 06:48

      no u got it wrong. another job opportunity that's not gonna last long, coz his time is up

      Stan - 2012-02-28 08:36

      You need God in your life.

  • John - 2012-02-28 00:27

    "...A task team comprising of local and foreign media..." Lovely!....I love it!!!! It can be done in a professional way

  • malcolm - 2012-02-28 06:47

    If they want to keep his life more private, they can start by disbanding the black BMW X5 blue light convoys. They make things pretty obvious. Yoo Hoo, Bee Baa, Bee Baa, Here comes Nelson. They may as well put him in an glass domed pope mobile for all to see. Just add a blue light and an idiotic, reckless driver. Perhaps run over an innocent pedestrian for extra publicity. After all, Mandelas life seems to be far more important than the majority of the populations lives.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:54

    This only means Mandela is in more danger than we thought. It sounds a whole lot to me like they are preparing a team that will soon have to deliver the bad news to the world, this team will obviously be briefed on HOW to break the bad news I'm expecting this year. I actually Had this nightmare last week that Madiba had passed, and in my dream I just kept hoping for no violence towards whites to erupt b/c many black people have said that it's just Madiba standing in the way of that. Ja, but I don't know where the dream ended, lol.

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:55

      But hey, twas just a dream...a nightmare.

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