Twitter abuzz over Mandela rumours

2011-09-13 18:44

Cape Town - Rumours have been doing the rounds once again on Twitter about former president Nelson Mandela, raising concerns over his health.

City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson tweeted, “Almost certain Mandela death is twitter hoax. Zelda [la Grange] says she's heard nothing like that and [a] family member told @SaPolitics1 [political journalist Cedric Mboyisa] Tata is fine.”

According to a tweet, Zelda la Grange and the Nelson Mandela Foundation say there is no reason to worry.

In another tweet, presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj was reported as saying “he is not aware that Mandela has passed [away]”.

Ryk van Niekerk, editor of Moneyweb, tweeted that the rumour is a hoax. “I have just confirm[ed] this with a close family friend”.

La Grange later tweeted, “You want a rumour to stop ? Stop speaking about it. Thank you!!”

As the rumours continue on Twitter, #mandela has become a trending topic in South Africa.

  • susan.ettmayr - 2011-09-13 18:52

    Please live for ever Madiba. Without you we're at the mercy of sharks who sing funny songs and have a plumbing problem

      THE-SRG - 2011-09-13 19:50

      Overprivileged_Underprivileged again with the same BS....stop copying and pasting this cr@P and get a life tit

      PrimaFacie - 2011-09-13 19:53

      Tisetso - 2011-09-13 20:00

      @Overprivileged_Underprivileged , Why do I have a funny feeling that your other name is Poloyatonki?

      Sinudeity - 2011-09-13 20:02

      Overprivileged_Underprivileged - You forgot to mention that white people in South Africa count for 5 million, and black people 40 million. Also that the average white family has 2 children, and the average black family has 8 children.

      Colin - 2011-09-13 20:04

      the problem I have with underprivileged is that its meant as an excuse for lazy and corrupt, instead of working a certain part of the population sits at home and expect the rest to work while they live off their tax money

      letsee - 2011-09-13 20:07

      Dearest Madiba, Please tell Juju that he is not defending your South Africa.

      Overprivileged_Underprivileged - 2011-09-13 20:36

      @JCWR: Talking about "contructing" ?"You have to build a nation." See, this is where you are wrong. You cannot build a country on an uneven base. It won't work out. You first have to deconstruct the uneven base before you set about building the country together

      PrimaFacie - 2011-09-13 20:53

      @Overprivileged_Underprivileged: This one is for you Comrade;

  • Piet Skiet - 2011-09-13 19:02

    Mac Maharaj isn't aware of many things. Two weeks ago he didnt even know who was acting president. What a plonker

      Scorpion - 2011-09-13 19:16

      So true Piet The "comrades" and "cadres" still think they are fighting the struggle. They need to start "applying their minds"

      steve - 2011-09-13 19:42

      Did you say minds???

      tryanything - 2011-09-13 20:53

      They are still fighting a struggle .The enemy is now in their own camp. Like cockroaches in your bed...they worry you and make you suffer but you dont get up and do something about it. Have you ever been cold at night because a blanket has fallen off. Now decide ..get up put the blanket back on or lie shivering because your lack energy???

      Wendy - 2011-09-14 09:36

      @scorpion - what minds?

  • Nainen - 2011-09-13 19:03

    If they could just give him a break. He is just too old for the limelight which is certainly against his nature. Like some people I know

      tryanything - 2011-09-13 20:54

      Prison Break

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-14 11:09

      Where there is smoke........

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-13 19:04

    This is a ridiculous story. Madiba will only rest peacefully once we win the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Zuma, Malema, Mugabe and Gaddafi are all in jail.

      Chris - 2011-09-13 19:16

      well we can expect him to live forever then with the way things are going

      nkosi.dlamini2 - 2011-09-13 19:52

      If that's the case.. He's going to be here for a very long time.

      Tjaart Roets - 2011-09-13 19:53

      The world Cup might be certain - but the others "Eishhh, a case of almost impossibillity!

      DW - 2011-09-14 09:52

      Actually Tjaart, I think all are an impossibility

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-14 11:13

      Don't bet money on any of those outcomes Brainbow! Hahaha

  • Harvey - 2011-09-13 19:08

    Did news24 seriously just publish a story about someone who heard a rumour but doesn't think its true?

      bledy agentt - 2011-09-13 19:50

      Well said.

      moiraine - 2011-09-13 20:23

      And do they pay somebody to keep checking the trending topic on twitter and write stories about it?

  • Crazyworld - 2011-09-13 19:13

    News 24 come on! How can you publish a story about a rumour whereas there are plenty of valid stories! Haai, you disappoint! That is why journalism is at rock bottom. You guys are lazy!

      Dmitri - 2011-09-13 20:25

      True, The US embassy as well as NATO HQ was attacked in Kabul today. I wonder how long before news24 actually picks up on the story.

  • Lestor - 2011-09-13 19:14

    oh who cares

      troybee - 2011-09-14 13:00

      i care about Madiba, and if u dont....u might as well shav urself to the nearest hell to rot...*pissed off*

  • doxologymusic - 2011-09-13 19:33


      York Hunt - 2011-09-14 14:34

      How much longer can it be?

  • srwgraham - 2011-09-13 19:58

    Sloppy sloppy lazy journalism to report stories off twitter and please stop using the "abuzz" cliche. It's lazy and it removes all credibility from your articles.

  • letsee - 2011-09-13 20:07

    Dearest Madiba, Please tell Juju that he is not defending your South Africa.

  • Vanessa - 2011-09-13 20:09

    everybody close to Madiba says his fine.....but why does noboby show us... Give us some photos or real life footage. Even on his birthday there were no photos published of him, or am I wrong?

      vegetarian - 2011-09-13 20:19

      You are wrong springbok girl.

  • bapsfontein1 - 2011-09-13 20:12

    Probably died a long time ago. So yes the "Office of the Presidency" will "trick" the sheep into believing all is well with Madiba because if the Truth on the matter is revealed then there is going to be too much crying.TOO MUCH!!!!!

  • thetruth - 2011-09-13 20:27

    @ all u WHITE commentators remember one thing---SA is free, but the majority of its population has not yet seen ECONOMIC FREEDOM...that is what these non white politicians are still fighting...ALTHOUGH i dont support all those corrupt politicians and tenderpreneurs...

      jbjoe - 2011-09-13 20:42

      economic freedom? you know what 'freedom' means? it means you are FREE to do as you doesnt mean you can take from other people and penalize them...what about their 'freedom' then?....soon my friend the white commentators on here will be the ones who call for 'economic freedom' stop being self entitled and stop feeling sorry for yourself because you are black (why direct your comment at the 'WHITE commentators'? what does that have to do with anything you are saying? are we stupid to you??) ....get over it

      Together - 2011-09-14 13:25

      I wonder what "economic freedom" is? Is it what I grew up with 30 years ago - the opportunity to make a good career if you study like hell for 14 years, don't fall pregnant, take out a HUGE student load and then work your way from junior (even with your tertiary degree/diploma) up the ladder? Is it having to save like hell so that you can have a 10% (minimum) deposit before you can even apply for a first-time homeloan? Is it having to pay for your water, electricity, rates, tax and every other charge just so you won't get cut off? Is that the kind of economic freedom you mean, thetruth? If it is, then I am right behind your revolution.

      Kenno - 2011-09-14 16:18

      @ THe truth...How about actually E A R N I N G your economic freedom?? Your type and demands and feelings of entitlemnt are sickening. Go and work for the way any normal sane person would

  • Nduku - 2011-09-13 20:31

    Everyone does and so will do the old man.Rumours will do the rounds before official confirmed by the family members.Foe now it may be truth or untruth.But definitey sure he will one day die.

      Together - 2011-09-14 13:30

      sadly, that is the truth.

  • steve - 2011-09-13 20:39

    Red moon rising.

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-13 20:55

    I am neither overprivileged nor underprivileged...I have worked bloody hard to get where I am today and also put myself through studies so its all BULLSHIT !!!!! YOU ARE THE PERSON YOU WANNA BE !!!!!!!!!!!

      steve - 2011-09-13 20:57

      100% as long as you're not lazeeeee.

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-13 20:58

    Over-under...its pretty obvious you are black and a racist

      PrimaFacie - 2011-09-13 21:02

      I'll copy and paste like him:

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-13 21:02

    Over - under - If you have travelled throught Africa you would have noted that the situation in all the African countries is the same, LAZY BLACKS SITTING AROUND DRINKING BEER DOING BUGGER ALL...That is the AFRICAN way.....The WHITE MANS WAY is to get off our arses and make it happen.If the BLACK actually did something to make this planet a better place then maybe there would peace. Show me one thing a black man has invented to improve this world. If it was not for the white man your bloody brother MUGABE would not be able to see !!!!..

      Nintendo - 2011-09-14 09:46

      cavafergie, you are wrong my friend so wrong i'm white and dont habour such ludicrous fantasies a history lesson will tell you how evil we have been in achieving what we so rightfully claim now, read buddy

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-14 09:48

      Your ignorance is amazing. The fact that your tiny brain lets you type...even more amazing.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-14 10:25


  • memory.maguire - 2011-09-13 21:19

    wages for whites (which is what I am). In 1985 I worked as admin controller at Southern Life Insurance Company. Part of my duties were to hand out salary slips. The company messenger was a black man, who regularly asked me for handouts, cigarettes and lunchtime sandwiches. One day I showed him my salary slip. He was shocked to realize that he was earning a greater salary than me. (he had 12 years service with the company, I had 4 years service). Yes, whites are privileged, to carry the under-privileged out of their savage past and into an industrial future. There is more blessing in giving than in receiving, and by giving, we are blessed with happiness and love in our hearts, which shows in the respect we have for all life. Even rhinos.

  • john smith - 2011-09-14 01:13

    i wish they stop. it is so as they want him to die, for sensation and publicity. he is an old man, rather hope he lives longer then to hope him dead. i am not a fan, for me he is still a communist, but for god sake, leave the man alone.

      pandeniehawala - 2011-09-14 15:06

      a communist? ungratefull son of a white, do you know that if it wasnt for madiba you whites wouldve been extinct in SA?

  • woodifer - 2011-09-14 09:39

    of course the press want him to die.newspaper sales will go up for 24 will report the rumours of his death.

  • sheila.francis3 - 2011-09-14 09:48

    this was so wrong to play this hoax on just a wonderfull and great man nelson mandela.. for the pple who started this hoax i want to tell yo this yo my freinds need to get the lord in ur soul this great man is loved by millions and respected all around the world god bless yo nelson mandela i too are one off ur beleavers and as been for a long time stay bless sir we love you,,,,,,,

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-14 10:26

      Whats great about him? Brainwashed fool.

  • Durbsdude - 2011-09-14 10:36

    Imagine the jubilation if Malema and Zuma were to buy the the same time.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-14 10:52

      And Winnie..

  • DC - 2011-09-14 11:03

    In a sad kind of way, I hope he is not totally with it anymore - can you imagine how depressing it must be for him to watch the dream dying?

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-14 11:20

      His dream of black domination is alive and well.

  • Gina - 2011-09-14 12:11

    We really do not want Mr Mandela to die, but when the time comes I hope it is a very peaceful one. The people on Twitter and suck like media must stop passing this nonsense around, first find out and then do what you have to. WE will know when that day arrives and we hope never.

  • victorp - 2011-09-14 12:21

    What did he ever do for South Africa except legalise abortion?

      Together - 2011-09-14 13:29

      It must be weird to have basically missed everything that happened over the last twenty years except for one thing, victorp. Unless you're doing a Gareth Cliff on us - being CONTROVERSIAL. If not, then you are closer to Malema than the rest of us: one-track-minded. It's not a useful or attractive trait.

      k1200s - 2011-09-14 13:30

      much more than you ever did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,you twat!!!!

      Together - 2011-09-14 13:31

      victorp - being this narrow-minded must surely cause migraines..

      pandeniehawala - 2011-09-14 15:08

      a communist? ungratefull son of a white, do you know that if it wasnt for madiba you whites wouldve been extinct in SA?

  • Myenu Mkari - 2011-09-14 13:57

    Let the rumour mill bury their own dead! Onesmo

  • Malcop - 2011-09-14 14:08

    VictorP. I tend to agree with you. Mandela achieved little in his life. He sat in Jail, ate good food, and played football every day for many years. The Western world put him on a pedestaland made a hero out of him. Other than that,he helped get the ANC into power. The West pulled all the strings. He was just a puppet. Personally I dont see putting the ANC into power as any significant achievment. I see it a personal and disasterous failure on Mandelas part. I will most likely celebrate when the old twat croaks.

      pandeniehawala - 2011-09-14 15:16

      ungratefull son of a white, do you know that if it wasnt for madiba you whites wouldve been extinct in SA?

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