Thankyou SABC for giving us a visit to see Nelson Mandela

2013-04-30 06:13

It’s been more than three weeks since the release of Nelson Mandela in a 10 days stay in hospital. This was a third time in a space of five months that Madiba spent in hospitals for a recurring Lung infection. Yesterday the SABC broadcasted an exclusive footage of Nelson Mandela with his family and ANC’s top six. Surprisingly the public attacked the ANC for allowing such footage to be taken by the SABC. People say this was just another political stunt by the ANC.

While I do agree with everyone that Madiba should be left alone. That we the public have a responsibility to respect his family and his privacy I really don’t know where we should draw the line.

Nelson Mandela has been hospitalised several times. His health became a national and International concern. Everytime he was taken to hospital, both local and International media camped outside hospitals that they were not even sure Madiba was in hoping to get a glimpse of the old man.

Time and time again, Mac Maharaj released statements on Madiba’s health from the presidency. I even joked as some point saying Mac has become the face of Madiba’s health.

Not a lot of people believed the presidency’s statements. A lot of people questioned them calling Zuma and his spokesperson liars who were hiding Madiba’s real health condition from the public.

Before the video, we all wished to see how Madiba is. But Madiba’s health status shown by the video turned us into crying babies who really don’t know what they want. We wanted to see him, now we don’t.

It is a tradition that if someone goes to hospital, be it your mother, father or grandfather; you take visits to the hospital. When they get discharged, the rest of the family, friends and people in the community will come at the sick person’s home.

This we do because we want to “see” and “hear” for ourselves how the person is. If it was possible, South Africans could have visited Madiba at home or in hospital. But we all know that cannot happen. But they SABC gave us that visit.

We simply did not like what we saw. Madiba does not look well but how is that surprising. It’s not even a month since Madiba was released from hospital after undergoing several operations. His health condition was not a surprises considering his age.

We were not going to see Madiba in his shorts and boxing gloves. We were going to see a understandable frail old man who has been through a lot of pain over the past few months.

Saying SABC should have not taken the video is not too different from saying when your father is sick he should be hidden. That no one should be allowed to see him until he is well.

It was in the public interest to see Madiba. Because he is a public figure with millions in SA and around the world wishing they could visit him if they could. We all love him and we should not want to see him only when he is in his best of health.

As heartbroken as I was, thank you SABC for giving us a visit to Madiba’s home. We did not like what we saw, but for a change, we were not reading a statement from the presidency which we hardly believed but we saw Madiba with our own eyes.

And let us be really honest with ourselves. We wished we could visit and see Madiba.

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