Nelson Mandela Dead at 94? Update)


Nelson+Mandela.afpSouth Africa – Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for the 19th day since his admission for a recurring lung infection. Speculation surrounding his health continued and now we have been informed that the great man is deceased. Sources said that he was on a life support system and remained in critical condition.  His family was given time to share their loss before the world was informed of his passing. There still has not been any official confirmation the he is deceased.

If the iconic Nelson Mandela died last night, there are speculations that  the government and family intitially did not admit the truth because of the American Present Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to South Africa. President Obama is expected to arrive in South Africa on Friday, and it is an important event for the country. Announcing the death of Nelson Mandela could overshadow this historic visit.

In Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, the home town of Nelson Mandela, his family gathered with the elders to discuss specific events surrounding the well-being of Mandela. They confirmed the meeting was about highly sensitive issues. Nelson Mandela’s grandson stormed out of the meeting over a disagreement of where the former president is to be buried. At the Qunu Mandela burial site, his daughter and other family members were seen visiting the gravesite, but the reason for their visit remained unclear. An intriguing factor is that the daughter had a red blanket over her, and according to the Xhosa people, it is a tribal ceremony for the Xhosa people to cover themselves in red blankets when a family member had died.

Later on during the day, gravediggers arrived at the Mandela burial site, and it was assumed the were preparing for a funeral. Now we believe it was for Nelson Mandela.

The security at the Pretoria hospital remains strong; visitors’ cars are searched to ensure that no unnecessary or unauthorized equipment or people enter the premises. The high contingent of media continues to grow as they waited to hear news of Nelson Mandela’s condition.

As the world waited for confirmation about the truthful condition of Nelson Mandela, the South African people continue to ask if the present government has any integrity. Today, we believe that the former President of South Africa has passed. His family was by his side. Sources tell us the world has lost one of its greatest men.

Written by Laura Oneale

Editor’s note:  Ms. Oneale lives in South Africa.  The following is her most recent correspondence with the Guardian Express:

” I want to say my source is highly recommendable but does not want to be named as he or she would lose her job. He orShe is employed by the government owned TV station. If the paper persists with the story it will uncover the truth that Mandela is dead. Please understand that as soon as the government announces the news the majority of people will take to the streets to mourn his death and the weeping and wailing would be a nightmare, the economy will suffer and the different tribes will make a massive drama about his death. They have different ways of preparing and performing funerals here.

I think some of the bad publicity received is based on jealousy and from support for the Zuma team. And on a lighter note, after he announced that Mandela is improving, the public comments calling him a lair and baring their frustrations at his deceitful manner were far worse than what the Guardian lv received.
Thanks for the support.”


48 Responses to "Nelson Mandela Dead at 94? Update)"

  1. Lucas   December 2, 2013 at 6:52 am

    he is alive

  2. Petra Tacx   November 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Time to wake up. I’m as proud a south african as you can get, but where is Mandela and why hasn’t there been a single picture taken of him with all the hundreds of photographers around the world camped outside the hospital.. I’d like to believe he’s still alive as much as the next person, but logic tells me he isn’t and it’s a disgrace how it’s been covered up and us not being able to mourn him and know the truth, I mean are they going to make up a fake date of death “after the 2014 elections” what a corrupt and deceitful world we live in, it’s disgusting…. my comment: IF THIS IS THE TRUTH I AGREE TOTALLY.. HERE IN #DELDEN THE NETHERLANDS I ALSO HAVE MY DOUBTS ABOUT THE UPDATES IN THE WORLD PRESS….NELSON MANDELA DESERVES TO BE HONOURED and PEOPLE WHO FEEL THE NEED TO MOURN HAVE THE #HUMANRIGHT TO DO SO.. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? WARM REGARDS #PETRATACX #DELDEN #beeldtweet @MensinBEELDnu 26-11-2013 05.58 uur (Germany Amsterdam timezone) and @youtube #xhosa

  3. EyeswideOpen   November 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Time to wake up. I’m as proud a south african as you can get, but where is Mandela and why hasn’t there been a single picture taken of him with all the hundreds of photographers around the world camped outside the hospital.. I’d like to believe he’s still alive as much as the next person, but logic tells me he isn’t and it’s a disgrace how it’s been covered up and us not being able to mourn him and know the truth, I mean are they going to make up a fake date of death “after the 2014 elections” what a corrupt and deceitful world we live in, it’s disgusting.

  4. Proud South African   September 3, 2013 at 7:13 am

    This story is total BS and for Guardian LV to give people like this wretched Oneale a platform to write such lies is unforgivable!

  5. thomas   September 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I hope Laura apologises as the old man is back home now.

    • Landi Bezuidenhout   September 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Even though Mandela is back home, does not mean he is in a healthy condition, the man is still in a critical condition… I don’t understand how he can be treated the same way at home, then when he was in hospital.

  6. Laurika van den Heever   August 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Nelson Mandela will be loved forever!!!!! He will surely be missed! How sad to think that the world is praying for him to get better when infact he might already be dead! How cruel to keep that away from his people…..

  7. madelein   July 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    We will miss tata madiba. He is a great inspiration to young and old and will forever stay in our haerts.

  8. Coenraad   July 10, 2013 at 3:08 am

    We don’t need to wait for Mandela to die to celebrate his life! None of us are perfect, but we can be forgiven for our mistakes – to this he is a living example.

  9. Wendy Price   July 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Why would they keep this a secret?

  10. Gordon R. Allan   June 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    A very important person of our time, will be missed by millions of peace seeking people around the world.

    PEACE & SYMPATHY TO : Family & Country

  11. Rick   June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    It really isn’t going to help if I say that I have good sources but I can’t reveal them and you must just take my word for it. Nothing should be taken as gospel, where evidence is mandatory especially in a very sensitive matter. But, I have a reliable evidence, take my word for it 🙂

    Further, it is common practice in Xhosa culture to settle funeral arrangements before announcing someone’s death. (This isn’t my evidence btw, seeing as that would just be an inference) Xhosa funerals are exceptionally extravagant events and jammed with tradition in a culture which places a lot of weight on the significance of their forefathers, thus requiring a lot of preparation

  12. yolandi   June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

    If He is not dead, then why would they arrange funural arrangements? Why would politicians say his dead and then have to apologise for the false announcement…the writers get their info from reliable sources. So stop criticizing

  13. Louise   June 27, 2013 at 6:49 am

    @ Rick Where did you get your information.

  14. Rick   June 27, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Mandela did die last night. I don’t expect any of the posts above will offer any apologies to Laura once the family make exactly that announcement once the funeral arrangements are made.

  15. Phax   June 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    So today he is on Life Support, yet the Guardian and all the jounalistic power declared him dead already. Where do the facts get researched? Maybe Laura needs to get new sources?

  16. Liani Mawby   June 27, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Laura Oneale is a journalistic vulture with ZERO respect!

  17. damsailor   June 27, 2013 at 5:35 am

    This story has been prematurely released, don’t you think you should delete it! Not even an apology from you. As a South African, this is a huge insult to us and to a great man.

  18. uhybk   June 27, 2013 at 5:28 am

    People posting these comments if u can do it better maby u should aplie for the job who ever is writing the aticle is only doing her/his job .. So get over it .

  19. simon   June 27, 2013 at 5:23 am

    So a second false story that Nelson Mandela has died by yet another one of your reporters. Does your news website report actual REAL news or just make up stories about sad events. If Nelson Mandela had died then it would have been released to the entire world at the same time. It makes your website look very bad allowing your “So Called Reporters” write stories that are sensitive to South Africa and the entire world. Your reporter/writer Laura Oneale should be sacked ASAP.

    This is the other story on your website:-

    This is the REAL STORY:-

  20. Mary Canaday Gray   June 27, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Once again the Guardian releases info before checking their facts. Nothing the Guardian reports should EVER be trusted.

  21. Emanuela   June 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I think you should check your facts. Done in very bad taste.

  22. nocturne09   June 27, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Laura Oneale should be fired.

  23. IceMan   June 27, 2013 at 4:30 am

    are you blonde or just plain stupid

  24. Liz   June 27, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Get your facts straight! As journalists you should VERIFY what you post BEFORE going public with INCORRECT information! Totally disrespectful! And so typical.

  25. Malinga   June 27, 2013 at 3:43 am

    what non-sense is this? who told you this, you americans are it again!

  26. Morley Mujansi   June 27, 2013 at 3:16 am

    This is a sad development and a loss to the world. How can we accept this??

  27. Guy Thompson   June 27, 2013 at 3:10 am

    well done on great journalism – Incompetent retards! He is still alive but in a critical condition. Maybe you should research local news companies:

  28. Yvette   June 27, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Geez… it is as if you people are wishing the man dead!! Sitting waiting….. Because this will be another day in History. Let the man be. Let him Rest in Peace…. They are loosing their dad… their grandfather…

  29. Louise   June 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I thought journalists where supposed to research and confirm their stories and sources first.. not just copy and paste and spread lies to get in the door first. STOP THIS!!! your article should be deleted and you should be banned from posting articles.

    • Alisha   June 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

      You should mind your own bees wax and leave the stories and stuff
      For the grown ups

  30. Myles   June 27, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I wonder how many other people are dying at the hands of murderers in South Africa today ?? Maybe more farmers. Just saying… Come on, is one humans life worth more than another ?

  31. mac njagi   June 27, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Why keep on holding mandela back with prayers when God has already opened doors for him. R.I.P mandela

  32. Kelo   June 27, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Nelson Mandela was still alive as of 10 minutes ago. He is still in critical condition, and remains on life support. Just because he is on life support, does not mean he is dead. This article is fraudulent. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ!@!

  33. Kline Smith   June 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    What a terribly written article anyway.

  34. Neneh   June 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    If he is on life support it means he is dead may his soul rest in peace. He is resting in heaven.

    • akua   June 27, 2013 at 2:41 am


    • Mary Canaday Gray   June 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

      No it does not mean you are dead…anyone who is on a ventilater or heart lung machine is on life support and trust me, as a former Cardiovascular ICU R.N., many live very productive lives…quit making excuses for the paper.

  35. lee   June 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Whoa, easy there, crappy journalists. Leave the reporting to the grown-ups…

    • Jamie Bale   June 27, 2013 at 12:47 am

      And you are citing the guardian in the UK as good journalism…

  36. Meggyn Hay   June 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    According to South African news, he is still alive

  37. GODWIN   June 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm


  38. Rose   June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    No other news sources, nor the South African Presidency has confirmed this!

  39. Darren Gregg   June 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    He’s still alive you morons!

  40. GM   June 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Nelson Mandela may be the greatest hero of all time. He broke the backs of the white man, who had enslaved the indigenous black race of South Africa through Apartheid, the scourge of black South African existence for many decades. All hail the Chief, gone now to his final reward. There is now a quorum of civil rights leaders in heaven. Mandela, King and Lincoln. Praise be!!!

  41. Themba   June 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Dead or alive, Mandela has played a pivotal role in the political arena, not just in South Africa but in the whole world. After he changed the slave / apartheid government in South Africa even the USA could not deny that there’s greatness in the mind of a black man, just a few years later they too put a black man into the presidential office. They hope he will change their destiny too. VIVA MADIBA

  42. John Price   June 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    since you are researching on the topic, make sure you get educated about the inconvenient truth schools rarely teach. Our governments, our people, once labelled Mandela as a “terrorist”, while they supported the real terrorists by dehumanizing such great man

  43. Bethany   June 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    So sad I’m 10 years old and I’m in y5 we are learning about Africa in our topic and our teacher told me my BFF and some other friends to research if he’s dead or alive.


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