Dozens of journalists from around the world began to flock to Qunu, the Nelson Mandela Children’s village in Transkei, to try to gather evidence about the life of South African heroes of the struggle against apartheid, hospitalized since Saturday . This is where the former South African president had decided to spend his old age and he wanted to die. Before being returned to Pretoria in December for treatment.
Still alive. And not death, as was believed, trapped by false information posted on the web, equally revered Rafael Nadal, who announced a little fast death of anti-apartheid hero on Twitter, reads including The illustrated! “In the art of anticipating,” Rafa “has not finished surprising us …” His digital audience was more than enough to seriously frighten the Twittosphere.
Anyway, if the media pressure mounts is that, as explained in a long article on the relationship of Slate.fr leading South African media – very informative and an important historical perspective – “whenever Mandela was admitted to a hospital, a wall of silence erected on one side between his spokesman and the ANC in power, and other national and international media. The official line of the ANC is still the same: the health of Mandela is “stable”, medical examinations are only “routine” – off, there is nothing to see. The unofficial line is radically different and, obviously, much closer to the truth. “
To circumvent the problem of the media criticized for their behavior before the gravediggers letter TV5MONDE had a good idea, that give the floor to the grandfather of South African journalist Liesl Louw-Vaudran, who died in 1990 at the age of 94, the age of Nelson Mandela, shortly after the release of the latter. His only regret has been not knowing the outcome of the saga Mandela-De Klerk, he said. “For him and for us, it operates a wonderful” back on those days when, just out of prison, “Madiba “reconciled South Africans.”
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