Wits apologises for Mandela obit

2013-06-20 13:10
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 Johannesburg - The University of the Witwatersrand sent out an apology on Thursday for an accidental obituary of former president Nelson Mandela.

The obituary was titled Hamba kahle Tata Mandela and dated 31 July 2013.

In their apology, the university said: “The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, extends its sincerest apologies to the family members, friends, fellow South Africans and global citizens for an obituary related to the death of former president Nelson Mandela that was not published or issued by the university.”

Wits said it had prepared a statement which was hidden on its system but a “technical error made this available via the search function on Google”.

The university said that it did not publish the statement nor publish it on its website.

“The university regrets the mishap and will take all the necessary steps to get to the root of the technical error and to ensure that the responsible departments are held accountable for this incident.”

Mandela is spending a thirteenth day in a Pretoria hospital where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Wits university published the obituary. News24 apologises for this error.
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