True Or Twitter Hoax? Unconfirmed Reports Say Nelson Mandela Died In A South African Hospital Today

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, R.I.P., Rumor Control

Nelson Mandela

This afternoon we received reports from a well-placed source in Africa that 93-year-old South African leader Nelson Mandela has passed away. We’ve been unable to get absolute confirmation, however our source tells us Mandela was admitted to a private hospital in Pretoria where he passed away. He has faced growing health concerns this year. #Mandela is currently a trending topic on Twitter in South Africa, where rumors of his death were dismissed as a hoax by Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk and City Press assistant editor Adrian Basson who 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.”

Meanwhile Zelda LaGrange of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and presidency spokesperson Marc Maharaj also issued denials via Twitter.

Ironically, Mandela’s 76-year-old ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is currently hospitalized, and reportedly successfully underwent foot surgery today.

We’ll continue to update this story as we receive more information. In the meantime, we’re praying this information isn’t true.


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  • Kenny 9ja

    Well, hopefully and peacefully, mandiba is alive, the rumor is everywhere

  • Prince Zinate Raphaels

    I call this Legend “World’s Elder Stateman” He has given the oppressed hope and made fight for freedom a worthwhile course. Hearing this rumour is so devastating and preferred an ordinary ferry tale. However, in life or death he still will remain one of the most immortalised black man in history.

  • Joel

    Nelson mandela is a very good man, if this is the way God wantz 2 take him away, why do we complain.

  • essien akpama (nigerian)

    pls i do advice that smtimes devolging the wrong infomation can eventually lead to unrest si i advice all infor mation houses or media to be 100% sure of the infor mation at habd before feeding the public instead of aiming for the glory the first outfit to broadcast the news,pls lets be profesionals nd folow ethics.

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