Nelson Mandela Life Support Shut Down as Respected Humanitarian Dies Age 94? (UPDATE)

Conflicting Reports on Nelson Mandela Death at 94 (Update)

 

Addendum to the article below: We have been updated by our sources, as reflected in our many additional articles written, that Nelson Mandela was declared completely brain dead with total organ failure back in June. At that time, his family was advised to switch off his life support but they refused to do so. His condition as reported by our sources is considered legally dead by most governments. He remains on life support and machines which are breathing for him and has recently been sent home from the hospital in “critical and unstable” condition.

This is an update to the original article that I wrote last night. It has upset a lot of people and I have written an addendum with new facts that will prove our assertions that the great man is dead. If you want to read the original article please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Despite the fact that reliable sources have revealed that after Nelson Mandela’s life support machine was shut down and he died with his family around him, the South African government continues to insist that Mandela is recovering and not dead yet. According to our sources in South Africa Nelson Mandela has died in the hospital aged 94.

We stand behind our original article and have provided the following information that has been supplied to us by our local South African sources.

Our sources have relayed to us that there is a massive cover-up being undertaken by President Zuma and the South African government. While the world still waits for official confirmation about the truth about the great man’s death, we have been informed that he has, in fact, already died.

Again, according to our South African local sources, the iconic Mandela died while he was still in the hospital for the recurring lung infection that left him in critical condition for several days.

Rumors have flooded the newspapers and the internet with several sources reporting his death days earlier in a cruel attempt to fool the public and to upset the many people who have respect for this great humanitarian. The loss of the great man will be felt across the world. Our report is an effort to reveal the truth behind the conflicting reports on Mandela’s death.

Yesterday one of our South African journalists, Laura Oneale, wrote an article questioning whether or not Nelson Mandela was still alive. He had been in the hospital 19 days for a recurring lung infection. Speculation surrounding his health continued to grow with many asking whether he was still alive or if, in fact, he had died. Authorities have thus far only confirmed that he was on a life support machine and that he remains in critical condition.

Some sources have gone so far as to say that the world-respected humanitarian is actually improving. These statements appear to be a part of the larger “smoke screen” that has South Africans calling for President Zuma to tell the truth about whether Mandela is dead or alive.

Authorities have confirmed that Nelson Mandela has been taken off his life support machine, adding fuel to the speculation that he had died. Because of this, the rumor has been spreading that Nelson Mandela died last night and that the government and his family have “kept a lid” on the news because of American President Obama’s upcoming trip to South Africa. Obviously, the president’s visit will be overshadowed by the announcement of the Nobel Prize winning Mandela.

The Nobel Prize winning humanitarian Nelson Mandela had his life support shut down after he died last night aged 94 at the end of a long battle with illness that ended with his hospitalization and finally his death. While his health problems started in 2011, it was the summer of this year when his condition worsened.

On June 8, 2013, Mandela’s lung infection worsened and he was re-hospitalized in Pretoria in  serious condition. After four days, it was reported that he had stabilized and that he remained in a “serious, but stable condition”.

While on his way to the hospital, the ambulance carrying Mandela broke down and was stranded on the roadside for 40 minutes. The South African government was criticized for the incident when it confirmed the report weeks later. President Jacob Zuma protested: “There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care.”

On June 22, 2013 CBS News reported that Mandela had not opened his eyes in days and that he was unresponsive. The family began discussing just how much medical intervention should be given.

On June 23, 2013 President Jacob Zuma issued a statement saying that Mandela’s condition had become “critical.” Zuma, who was accompanied by the Deputy President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with Mandela’s wife Graca Machel at the hospital in Pretoria and discussed his condition.

On June 25, 2013, Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited Mandela at the hospital and prayed with Graca Machel Mandela “at this hard time of watching and waiting.”

On June 26, 2013, Nelson Mandela was taken off life support after his condition deteriorated further. Sources have said that the 94 year-old Mandela died last night after his life support was shut down. A medical source explained to us that no one is left on life support after 24 hours as they are then technically brain dead.

The Las Vegas Guardian Express writer Laura Oneale also wrote that in Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, his family got together with the elders to discuss specific events surrounding the well-being of Mandela. It has been confirmed that they were talking about highly sensitive issues, but trying to get further information has been difficult.

Our local writer also said, “Nobody wants to talk, it is a big cover up. The family reports he is gravely ill, then Zuma tells the media Mandela is getting better. The people here in SA are upset with Zuma and don’t believe him. A lot of people are believing he is dead. [There are] Plenty of remarks about the integrity of Zuma.”

In the home town of Qunu, where Mandela will be buried, they are repairing the roads, and continue to clean up the city. Allegedly they are expecting a large contingent of journalists who will be travelling down there.

There is other “evidence” that points to Nelson Mandela having already died, like the presence of the “red blanket.” Mandela’s daughter, who was seen wearing a red blanket, and other family members were at the great man’s gravesite. It is part of Xhosa tradition that family members cover themselves with a red blanket when there has been a death in the family, not in preparation of someone dying, but only when a family member has died.

We have gotten a lot of angry remonstrations for reporting the real news as has been passed on to us from reliable sources. One source works for the government owned TV station and does not want to be named for fear of losing their job or worse. Our sources are reporting the truth, completely the opposite of what the South African government is doing.

We have been warned that if we persist in exposing the fact that Nelson Mandela has already died that it will cause severe problems for the South African government. Out local journalist has told us that “the majority of people will take to the streets to morn 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.”

Our writer also goes onto say “They have different ways of preparing and performing funerals here.”

We have also learned that a lot of the bad publicity and anger that we’ve received at the Las Vegas Guardian Express is based on “jealousy and from support for the Zuma team.” President Zuma has gone on record stating that Nelson Mandela is improving and the South African public have said that he is lying. The backlash from his “covering up” of Mandela’s death will be severe.

Our local journalist also pointed out that there have been many cases in the past of world leaders dying and the truth not being revealed for days, or even weeks. Mandela’s death, coinciding with President Obama’s visit, would be a potential security nightmare for the South African government. It has been alleged that the SA government is in talks with the US government right now regarding how and when Mandela’s death should be revealed.

Our local Journalist has been attempting to get further confirmation on Mandela’s death, but nothing is being mentioned. Our sources have said that local people believe he is dead and that the government is covering up the story. The reasons given for this cover up is the American president’s visit and the economic situation. There are rumours that the government will announce his death beginning of July and declare July Mandela month.

His birthday is on July 18.

We have been told that the government spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, had a slip of the tongue by saying the elders who were meeting in Qunu were “arranging the funeral.” It was also reported is that Zuma cancelled a trip abroad and that this indicates more evidence of a cover up or is an indication of how serious the situation is.

SABC News showed the gravediggers on television last night and this has caused the local people to now believe he is dead. People are angry and they are blaming SA President Zuma for the cover up.

We have had two sources (the second being a SA publication) confirm that Nelson Mandela has already died last night after his life support was shut down and that the respected iconic humanitarian has died age 94. It is our understanding that despite the conflicting reports on Nelson Mandela’s death, that the world respected Noble Peace Prize winning humanitarian has gone and the world will mourn his death.

By Michael Smith

Source

A reliable source has revealed that Nelson Mandela’s life support machine was shut down and he has died in the hospital aged 94. According to the source, the iconic Mandela died last night while he was still in the hospital for the recurring lung infection that left him in critical condition for several days.

Rumors have flooded the newspapers and the internet with several sources reporting his death days earlier in a cruel attempt to fool the public and to upset the many people who have respect for this great humanitarian. The loss of the great man will be felt across the world.

Earlier today one of our writers, Laura Oneale, wrote an article questioning whether or not Nelson Mandela was still alive. He had been in the hospital 19 days for a recurring lung infection. As speculation surrounding his health continued to grow with many asking whether he was still alive or if, in fact, he had died. Until recently authorities would only confirm that he was on a life support system and remained in a critical condition.

Authorities have confirmed that Nelson Mandela has been taken off his life support machine, adding fuel to the speculation that he had died. Because of this, the rumor has been spreading that Nelson Mandela died last night and that the government and his family have “kept a lid” on the news because of American President Obama’s upcoming trip to South Africa. Obviously, the president’s visit will be overshadowed by the announcement of the Nobel Prize winning Mandela.

The Nobel Prize winning humanitarian Nelson Mandela had his life support shut down after he died last night aged 94 at the end of a long battle with illness that ended with his hospitalization and finally his death. While his health problems started in 2011, it was the summer of this year when his condition worsened.

In February 2011, he was briefly hospitalized with a respiratory infection, attracting international attention. He was then re-hospitalized for a lung infection and gallstone removal in December 2012. After his successful medical procedure in March 2013 did not prevent his lung infection from recurring he was briefly hospitalized in Pretoria.

On June 8, 2013, his lung infection worsened and he was re-hospitalized in Pretoria in a serious condition. After four days, it was reported that he had stabilized and that he remained in a “serious, but stable condition”.

While on his way to the hospital, the ambulance carrying Mandela broke down and was stranded on the roadside for 40 minutes. The South African government was criticized for the incident when it confirmed the report weeks later. President Jacob Zuma protested: “There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care.”

On June 22, 2013 CBS News reported that Mandela had not opened his eyes in days and that he was unresponsive. The family began discussing just how much medical intervention should be given.

On June 23, 2013 President Jacob Zuma issued a statement saying that Mandela’s condition had become “critical.” Zuma, who was accompanied by the Deputy President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with Mandela’s wife Graca Machel at the hospital in Pretoria and discussed his condition.

On June 25, 2013, Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited Mandela at the hospital and prayed with Graca Machel Mandela “at this hard time of watching and waiting.”

On June 26, 2013, Nelson Mandela was taken off life support after his condition deteriorated further. Sources have said that the 94 year-old Mandela died last night after his life support was shut down.

The Las Vegas Guardian Express writer Laura Oneale also wrote that in Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, his family got together with the elders to discuss specific events surrounding the well-being of Mandela. It has been confirmed that they were talking about highly sensitive issues.

The grandson of Nelson Mandela angrily left the meeting over a disagreement of where the former president was to be buried. Mandela’s daughter, who was seen wearing a red blanket, and other family members were at the gravesite. It has been reported that the “red blanket” is part of a tribal ceremony of the Xhosa. According to Xhosa custom the blanket is used when a family member has died.

Later in the same day, gravediggers arrived at the Mandela burial site.

Sources have confirmed that Nelson Mandela died last night after his life support was shut down and the respected iconic humanitarian has died age 94. Details of the funeral arrangements will be released when they become available.

By Michael Smith
United Kingdom

Source

597 Responses to "Nelson Mandela Life Support Shut Down as Respected Humanitarian Dies Age 94? (UPDATE)"

  1. John Bowden   December 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Why would you publish something describing this man as a humanitarian when he espoused violent methods his entire life?

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  2. brandon jones   December 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

    BT why this took 6months to announce his death?im not acceptin nor dismissin ur claim.however i c no sense at all to conceal a death secret for 6months.

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  3. Alex   December 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I just found this article, is it true, or a hoax that he diead on June 26th?
    I mean, what the hell is going on, if they just pronounced it last week, why is the funeral officialy next week!?!?

    (O.O) !?

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  4. Matches Matthews   November 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I think it is a political move where JZ and co (or JZ anc) will use the announcement of Madiba’s death to stir-up emotional heartache and loss just before the 2014 voting. I think that it is a ploy to get people to vote with their emotions rather than using their democratic right.
    Sad to think that the elected leaders will stoop so low,

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    • Gudani   December 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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      • Gudani   December 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        my thought exactly!!!

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  5. Shaun   November 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

    When are the people going to wake up? The government has been lying to us for ages but we still want the lie to become truth. We have a corrupt government who gives in to corrupt leaders and now corrupt landowners who are not even South African Citizens. When are we going to smell the roses?

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  6. ABC123   November 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I have never an article so badly written and irresponsible. There isn’t a single piece of evidence presented here for the death of Mr Mandela. Covering up Mr Mandelas death would do a great deal of harm to the government, why would they try do that? Mr Obama isn’t reason enough! The level of poverty in this article is too much.

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  7. Anne Sewell   November 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Interesting to see how popular this article still is. We have heard zilch since he was released from hospital, so it does make one wonder. Wouldn’t put anything past that little tyrant Zuma.

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  8. Edith Marriott   November 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    23th Nov., is President Mandela still “recovering”???

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  9. caffeinedependent   September 24, 2013 at 12:41 am

    It’s obvious what is going on…
    1) They had to take him home so they could control access to him.
    2) The necessary plastic surgery has been performed on the person selected to be his body double, but it will take some time to heal up properly.
    3) The replacement Nelson Mandela is currently in training to perfect the voice and mannerisms.

    Expect a public appearance from the new and improved Madiba at the next opportune political gathering.

    Conspiracy… What conspiracy?

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  10. Heywood   September 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    What utter crap!!!!!

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  11. Christopher Mullen   September 15, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Condolences from Kansas to the extraordinary mans family and countrymen. Rest in peace sir.

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    • Diablo135   October 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Um…he’s still alive

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  12. Leon   September 2, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I’m a retired Afrikaans journalist in South Africa and I’m grateful to have access to the Guardian Express. Our own media are way back in the old apartheid era when Afrikaans newspapers accepted official statements as truth. Why do I say so? I got the following from SAPA (SA news agency) who concluded their story with this:

    “Yesterday, Maharaj said that ‘most media’ had been ‘notably responsible’.

    “We thank them also for the maturity and understanding that all have in general displayed.

    “He said the public needed to give Mandela and his family ‘the necessary private space’ to allow his care to continue.”

    — Leon van den Berg (Johannesburg)

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  13. Michael Tours   September 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

    This is not a news site – it is a Blog. And the bloggers are getting 25% of advertising on their articles.

    The greed shown, by pushing these fake stories by fake journalists is a terrible shame.

    They are nothing by bloggers with eggs on their faces.

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  14. thomas   September 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    what a shame. newsmakers have to check the facts

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  15. Isobel Robertson   September 1, 2013 at 5:40 am

    My husband and I lived in SA for 31 years until April 2012. We had the utmost love and respect for Nelson Mandela, but unfortunately could take no more of the crime, corruption and downright lying of this government.
    We don’t believe we will ever be told the whole (and true) story regarding Madiba’s death. he was a great man and should be held by all in the highest esteem. The circus being played out at the moment is being led by Zuma the ringleader. They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, when the truth outs….and it will……it will be very interesting to see how they will explain away all the lies and deceipt that they themselves concocted.
    Plenty more I can say but will refrain from doing so as I am so angry regarding this cover-up and may say more than I should.

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  16. Charmaine Morgan   August 31, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I think they are getting every last penny out of him, it is disgusting, they should let him rest in peace. It is a big cover up.

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  17. kdcodner   August 31, 2013 at 6:10 am

    He served his purpose here on earth May God find favor with him and even in death they want to rob him of what he rightfully deserves a timely dignified truthful platform of mourning thank God there is a God who sits on high and looks down low and can’s be influenced by man

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  18. charldurand   August 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Egg on your faces… Mandela goes home!

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    • Scott Severin   September 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

      In a box.

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  19. Leon   August 29, 2013 at 1:08 am

    South Africa’s ‘News24 Breaking the News First’ reported on 27 August: “Johannesburg — Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday, more than two months after the former president was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection.” How can they even try to break any fresh news if they keep on believing only the one source, Jacob Zuma, SA president who’s well known for his lies.

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  20. weezafish   August 29, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Can we PLEASE have another update to this story? 29th August and the SA Government are STILL telling us Mandela is slowly improving.

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  21. Sandra   August 27, 2013 at 3:52 am

    And still… up to date according to government he is recuperating… wonder how long this charade will be able to go on??????

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  22. annemare nortier van der merwe   August 27, 2013 at 3:32 am

    If only they want to let him rest in peace. What is wrong with our SA Government. Why lie about his death.

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  23. Ann   August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Let Mr. Nelson Menadla rest in peace. I will always have great RESPECT for you.

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  24. Cindy Leat   August 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

    IT IS A TOTAL DISGRACE THAT THE LATE NELSON MANDELA IS BEING SO TOTALLY DIS-RESPECTED. THE S.A. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE DE-THRONED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. THEY ARE USING THE SECRECY BILL TO THE HILT.

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  25. ronelle   August 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

    STILL not officially dead … 2 months AFTER your article. They must think that we are all as braindead as them!!!!

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  26. Lisa   August 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Why is the SOUTH AFRICAN GOV involving the country in ritualistic praying to the dead by asking everyone to pray for Mandela when he is long time dead. Our leaders are demonic. Mandela was a great man but he is not a GOD. Jesus Christ is the only Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Hopefully Nelson Mandela has rejected what they are doing and had no willing involvement in these cult practices.

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  27. LINET OCHIENG   August 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    LET SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH ABOUT MANDELAS HEALTH. ITS REALLY NOT FAIR TO BE IN DARKNESS.WE WILL STILL RESPECT HIM EVEN IN DEATH.

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  28. michael ngobeni   August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    when exactly did the world president die and is it not the governments responsibility to let us know the time and date of his departure

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  29. Delores Reynolds   August 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    what a great humanitarian he was go with God you are an angel now God Bless

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  30. Diane Courtney   August 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Sad to hear, the world will be missing a truly remarkable human being. God bless

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  31. Rodney   August 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    A great man, let him go to spend eternity with God. I can only hope to follow in his footsteps one day.

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  32. charles   August 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Wow who knew NOT ME ! GOD BLESS HIM AND PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY definitely the hospital should take full responsibility for the no information!!!maybe I missed the news ?
    Trails are more important I guess.but not to me.He was a great Humanitarian.

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  33. tony   August 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

    WHY HAS THE MEDIA DITCHED THE TOPIC.. REGARDING AN ICON?
    WHY IS THERE NO OFFICIAL REPORT FROM THE HOSPITAL?……(NORMAL PRACTISE) ZUMA’S REPORT SOUNDS STRANGE ..TO SAY THE LEAST.

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  34. Kevin Pissed off   July 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

    That’s the third comment i have made Gardian Express you have not put up. So much for free speach and freedom of the press when you censor everything.to suit your story only.
    Good Bye.

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  35. Jabulani   July 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I think as South Africans we don’t need to hear anything which involes us from people outside the country.It is so confusing to hear that they have sources if ever something happen.Why they always don’t divuldge these kind of sources.South Africans,please stand let’s up and fight those who tried to make this country ungovern byblaming our current government by saying it is corrupt.We would like to inform you dirty foreingers that,this is the first government with an anti-corruption hotline where South Africans have rights to report any wrong doers under President Jacob Zuma if not around the world.

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  36. pierr   July 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hopefully he is dead and answering for his misdeeds for the bombings to kill school children that he instructed from inside prison

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    • wisestwoman   July 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      And hopefully somebody will squeeze the pimple on the world’s arse that is you.

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  37. Leon   July 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Stefan, that’s not “real news” about Mandela’s condition at all. It’s Zuma’s same old story over and over again. We need frequent medical updates from at least one of Madiba’s qualified medical practitioners. Definitely not the feedback of the statesman who feels he must control his nation’s feelings! Zuma — in journalistic terms — is not a “reliable source”, even when he “quotes” the relevant doctors.

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  38. Cat of East Seddon   July 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Ignore them, like most articles here complete rubbish, just a bunch of stirrers trying to get some hits, this sad site isn’t worth the data its downloaded on.

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  39. myobw   July 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

    “A medical source explained to us that no one is left on life support after 24 hours as they are then technically brain dead.”

    Two words : Terry Schiavo

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  40. justsumguy   July 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

    “A medical source explained to us that no one is left on life support after 24 hours as they are then technically brain dead.”

    And THAT ruins any credibility this story might have, because certainly anyone with a medical background is likely to see that info for the utter hogwash it is. Lest any doubt thi, I have two words to prove this “24 hour sustainment limit” is anything but standard medical protocol :
    Terry Schiavo

    Enough said

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  41. wisestwoman   July 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Actually dude, he has just turned 95 and is recovering. Are you ALL morons in Nevada?

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  42. A Rudman   July 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Worst article I’ve ever read. Trying to prove hearsay with further hearsay. Waisted three minutes of my life that I will never get back.

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  43. mjmapi   July 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    WTF, its kind of bull like this that throws even more un-necessary stress in this situation, if he is dead it will be announced, unil then, you are not making this easy on anyone that loves and is heartfelt by the state’smans condition.

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  44. Ivan   July 17, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Did you not report that he had died some weeks ago ?

    Now hes died again ?

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  45. JB   July 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Is this cat dead or what?

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  46. ellen moore   July 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    i have said since june 26 and that they wont release his death until mandela day two more days we will see

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  47. Leon   July 13, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I really hope Zuma et al won’t be so dumb as to announce Madiba’s death on Thursday the 18th July — Mandela Day & his birthday. Sadly, it won’t surprise me if they do . . .

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  48. Carmen   July 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I love that man he was a hero in my eyes RIP Mr Nelson Mandela

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    • TSHILILO SYDNEY NAXXARETH   July 13, 2013 at 5:02 am

      if nelson mandela died the world will change and become like zimbabwe,malawi,and mozambique mandela is the great man i this world he gave us freedom and now you are killing him why do you shut dwn the machine we all know that he will not live forever but may pls god give him more yrs to live with us we still love him unlike unresonable president who is corrupting our society and our good government shame to those corrupting president and from now we will no longer vote for anc we are going for EFF JULIAS MALEMA TOMRRW PRESIDENT

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      • Russell Wright   July 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

        I hope the logic behind your choice of whom to vote for exceeds your grasp of the English language.

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  49. Trumpet   July 11, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Maybe they will reveal it just before his birthday, or knowing this sick country. On his birthday. to me it will be more significant if they said it now whilst he still is 94 and became president in 94. All i know is that the 17th and 18th July 2013…. trouble…trouble

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  50. Ronice   July 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Is Mandela truly dead? How will his death affect the country economically? please enlighten me. May his soul rest in eternal peace!

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  51. Timothy Tawanda Shava   July 10, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Maybe he is still alive. We really dont know …..bt eventually the truth is going to come out. Yes Nelson Mandela is a true icon but I just dont understand why the world gives him such credit,”For going to prison for 27yrs???” and he was in the office for few years and resigned.

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  52. Mcinwea   July 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

    So what, if delayed to tell the nation, not that I say they did. So what. I will just wait till it really is revealed by doctors and government that Mandela is dead. For what is all this back and forward about. You now feel they dishonest and liars for not announcing his death. Even if he is on a machine, that machine keep his heart beat. And then my question, what does it makes you for making this now a circus. Because for some of us this is disrespectful from your side to go on and on about this, Mandela got a family, friends and a nation that love him that don’t appreciate this media commotion. Lets wait for the announcement what bad can it do to wait.

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  53. joanne   July 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Not all South Africans are lapping up the stories that being spun. We would just like to hear the truth, which, sadly is very difficult for the current government to do.

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  54. Jorg Riemann   July 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    You still have this article up after you were discredited over a week ago. You really are the pond scum of journalism (and that’s quite an “achievement”).

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  55. gtk   July 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    @caitlyn and @SAcitizen – this is an interesting point. are we still at the point where we let the authorities decide whether we deserve the truth or not? why are we outsourcing the ability to think for ourselves?

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    • SAcitizen   July 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      @gtk, I can tell you that most people probably already know or suspect the truth, but it is still reported that he is critical but stable. And to go up against authority is a fight you cannot win. If you question authority you will get into trouble, there is no doubt about that. That is one of the main reasons they’re trying to implement the new secrecy bill. But I don’t want to get into a debate about that and loose track of what this article is really about. We would just appreciate the truth to know whether this great leader has finally found peace.

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  56. Zilna   July 8, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Apparently Madiba is dead when Zuma says he is dead! The man Zuma has now got zero credibility, but being the dictator and bully that he is, he will decide how history will unfold.

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  57. Sue   July 8, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I am from a local news platform in South Africa. We have received reliable information from a variety of sources inside the hospital where Madiba has been treated that he has been declared clinically dead on the 26th of June. However the only “reliable” information is supposed to come from the presidency, and therefore we can’t publish anything. We are stunned at the political games being played. It is a shame to Madiba’s legacy.

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    • Jorg Riemann   July 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I call crap on your comment. Proof please or are you looking for a job with the Guardian LV clowns?

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  58. Henry Michael Africa   July 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    TRIBUTE TO AN ICON – who left footprints to be followed by all of us

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on the 18 July 1919. He fought a struggle for all people of every cultural and religious persuasion to discover a way to overcome their personal differences and intolerances and so live in harmony. We would fail the 94 years that he lived if we allow our past differences to resurface and once more seperate us as human beings. He taught us to forgive and that is the most important lesson we have to keep with us as we journey through life.

    The struggle to remain a democratic society has now only begun in South Africa. This struggle is now the responsibility of each and every one of us. To put to the test what we have been taught by the life of Nelson Mandela is the next phase of chane we face. Poverty still surrounds us and children still die of hunger in a world filled with abundance. Is this the legacy of Nelson Mandela? Definitely not.

    So how do we apply the philosophy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in a real sense? If you were to imitate the life of Nelson Mandela then the world would be a different place almost overnight. All it takes is to apply yourself to making a difference in just one instance in society where you see the need. Your excess of resources can make the difference. Nelson Mandela showed us that in giving we shall receive. he implored us us to give freely to each other. To forget the past and bury our past differences or it would destroy us. But that is a statement that Jesus Christ once made, 2000 years ago.

    Two great men, separated by 2000 years of history, Are we going to make a statement that summarizes a mans sacrifice? Then that statement must come down to a series of actions. Action in our respective lives will reflect the lessons that a mans sacrifice has taught us. Nelson Mandela can no longer physically speak to us and can no longer answer our concerns and fears. He has led by example throughout his life. Both inside jail and once he was freed, he carried himself always with supreme dignity. His love for each and every one of us led to the sacrifice that kept him on the world stage well past the time that he should have retired and taken a well deserved rest. The day he is declared deceased, then he will rest.

    We should look forward to giving him the ultimate honor on the day when he is laid to rest. He has earned the right to be remembered. He will always be a reminder of something that is special about South Africa. A leader who captivated the global stage. A leader who sacrificed to promote world peace, not just peace in South Africa.His words will echo like the words of Martin Luther King -“I HAVE A DREAM”… Those words have been repeated since the day Martin Luther King Junior was laid to rest. The world has lost another phenomenal human soul that will be remembered as a special creation of God.

    We stand in a South Africa that has been through a traumatic change of circumstances for people from every walk of life. We are nowhere near perfect… We are a work in progress as a society. Constant reflection needs to be observed if we are to improve on our levels of caring as a society. But victory will be in our hands if we apply the lessons taught by Nelson Mandela and those whose teachings he held dear. Each one of us in South Africa, is a part of the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Now our task will begin, to carry on the tasks he left behind for us to complete -They are many. In my simple opinion, it will all start with giving up our past differences and helping to build a unified society that cares for those less fortunate and those who have no one to help them, especially the children.

    We have reached a period of introspection as human beings and as South Africans. At a time like this it is important to remember that life must go on. The rest of our lives can be different in ways that bear reflection for the sacrifice of one special human being. At any stage when we are asked to give a fitting tribute to the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela then let the way we conduct the rest of our lives be that tribute. Let the continued peace, prosperity and tranquility we share as citizens across South Africa be a tribute we dedicate to the life of someone we can only call “THE TRULY SPECIAL ONE”…

    I for one will never forget to remember Nelson Mandela. I ask you to do the same. Lets get ready to imitate the life of Nelson Mandela. Now is the time to free the Mandela inside of you. Do not miss the chance to do that….

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  59. Jerome Henen   July 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Nelson Mandela was a special human being and his death will mark the end of an era
    and will be a loss to all mankind , especially for those rare ones who seek peace via non violent means.
    One should never forget the other icon without whom none of the mostly peaceful transition away from apartheid would never have taken place, FW De Klerk.
    They both won the peace prize but only Mandela is remembered.

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  60. Jackson   July 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Great loss for Africa and South African people. Nelson Mandela may be gone but will remain very much live in our minds, spirits and thoughts. We are at peace because of him, united because he is (was) the uniting factor. Our lips will never stop to talk about the man, the great man and son of Africa, Nelson Mandela We loved you. Greatly missed by us & the family.

    God be with you and give you peace.

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  61. SOLOMON KELVIN MENSAH   July 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Kelvin (GHANA) OH MY GOD THE GREAT MAN IS GONE HMMMMM MAY HIS SOUL REST PERFECT PEACE

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  62. Leon   July 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Eish! Why can’t all the people who find it difficult to understand why Mandela is practically dead not remain silent. Because picking on the only spelling mistake, Zumba, just shows how feeble minded they are.

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  63. Lagu Charles Alchem   July 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    The loss of the Life of the Great world of the kind Mandela Madiba has and Economy of SA two different things that are not comparable.If any thing I must is that Mandela has been the key foundation stone of South Africa’s booming Economic growth today.His philosophy won the confidence and trust of all the world’s famous investors thus attracting people from all over to do business in SA.Therefore, this hero’s death announcement should not be delayed because of vague interest.

    Therefore, Mandela is dead today but his attractive philosophy will live forever, shaping the life of humanity.Mandela the great Saint of the 21st century.You made Africa proud.Your philosophy and beautiful leadership style remains big challenge for our greedy leaders in our society.If I can even add one more thing, I honestly propose the scientist to have extracted stem cell from Madiba’s body for cloning.He has the super genetic material if replicated to produce ten more other Madiba’s in Africa there will be no abuse of power in any leadership on our continent.Loving father world’s humanitarian you will forever in our hearts and memories.

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  64. Margie   July 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    What a load of crap. You insist you have the facts right, but you can’t even get the(our) current president’s name right – Zumba…really??

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  65. Ruru   July 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Is mandela still alive people

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  66. BYARUHANGA DAVIS (UGANDA)   July 5, 2013 at 4:48 am

    death is an end point of each person’s life but WHEN AN ICON LIKE MANDELA GOES(as yet to be confirmed, ONE HAS A REASON TO COUNT AFRICA NOT ONLY SOUTH AFRICA AT A LOSS.

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  67. Nene   July 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Why lie to the pubic?

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  68. caitlyn   July 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

    if president zuma doesnt want the world to know FOR A REASON then who are you to tell!

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    • SAcitizen   July 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Are you serious? As a South African myself, we have been waiting to hear whether this icon has died to pay our respects to someone we love and respect. You clearly have no idea how corrupt the SA government has gotten after former Pres. Mandela stepped down. So Pres. Zumas’ reasons are of n personal nature and not in the interest of the people of the country.

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      • Jennifer   July 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

        That is why I said some days ago, “we live in this country and wouldn’t rule out a sick joke like that”. For whatever reasons that they have decided to keep the truth from the world, we already know that Mandela is no more and the heart is just beating slowly further the respiratory machines are just exercising his chest. I was actually waiting to hear the news after Obama has left Africa as it would have maybe diverted attention from what he was doing. Now a court order was flung for the public to see stating that the former Pres “was in a vegetative state” and could not make any decisions about the exuming of his other childrens graves. So now one just wonders what all the fuss is about. I can tell you that medically Mandela is gone.

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  69. Nathan   July 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    President Zumba in third paragraph? Not very professional!

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  70. vanwax   July 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

    A true leader one to emulate and use a an example.
    Rest in peace mandela.

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  71. Jane   July 4, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I refuse to judge anyone! That belongs to GOD! And so to Nelson Mandela. He did do a Lot of GOOD. And he did not live the luxurious life. Until the last 9 years of his life, and he did limit that. Nelson was a humble man. And now he belongs go GOD and has met his maker. I just pray he rest in Peace!

    Peace Be Unto You All and GOD Bless! Jane

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  72. Leon   July 4, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Ashley, those who fartle habitually can’t be innocent.

    If that’s what you mean by “poeple”?

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  73. Leon   July 4, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Lorraine, don’t expect the truth from any politiopaths, including Zuma.

    That’s why I don’t believe anything they say.

    If Madiba is dead, why on earth should a politiopath tell the truth when he can lie?

    That way they feel in control of the truth and of their followers.

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  74. Jorg Riemann   July 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Your article is dated June 26th, it is now July the 4th and Mandela is still alive. What do your sources say now? Michael Smith you are a clown.

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  75. Lorraine   July 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I am in South Africa all my life, my forefathers and great great grandparents too, but I have not yet heard that Mr Mandela has died. I would like to know the truth.

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  76. taalbeeld   July 4, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Mandela almost died for his fellow people — the sentence for treason was death. A real hero. We white people were also liberated by the risks Madiba & his followers took.

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  77. Ed   July 4, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Ashley Broker… you must be smoking crack! Nelson Mandela was probably the most generous man of our time! How long would you go to prison for a fellow man? I did not think so!

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  78. Riekie   July 4, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Rest in Peace! Hero, Master of Peace May God be with you in internety Life. Miss YOU

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  79. Jennifer   July 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Turns out Michael Smith here, had done his home work. “Mandela in prison alive, and in prison dead”. We need to release him now, as we know the direction of this drama. The puzzle is almost complete, and at the rate that family is having disputes with court orders being flanked around, we all now know the secret. Journalism is dangerous. Rest in eternal peace “Tata” We loved you, but God loved you more!!!

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  80. Justine   July 4, 2013 at 1:48 am

    you are the world’s greast, We will always Love & cherish your selfless nature, thank you God bless you & rest in Peace .

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  81. Ashley Broker   July 4, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Mandela murdered innocent poeple and got a noble peace prize for it

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    • Jorg Riemann   July 4, 2013 at 5:47 am

      It is a Nobel Prize you plonker.

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  82. Mike tours   July 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Complete and utter nonsense

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    • caitlyn   July 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

      How can this be deemed reliable if you cant even spell Zuma

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  83. Terri Andrew   July 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Really !!!! so where is CNN Fox news ABC CNBC USA NBC news stations. Mr Nelson Mandela ( Madiba) is a world renowned leader who sacrificed his Life for all South Africans ! If this is true where are the hungry scrambling reporters.!! Madiba has the equivalent status of Mahatma Gandhi ; Blessed Mother Theresa and Blessed John. Paul The Great! As much as I am saddened to read this is I hope this not the same propaganda that prevailed during the apartheid era with the apathy of the powerful countries that be!

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  84. Deirdre Denny   July 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    master Mandela may you find peace in the arms of the Angel for you were instrumental in the basic rights of your peoples

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  85. Jane   July 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I Pray he Rest In Peace! I watched my Local News last night and saw Nothing on this! I am very Saddened to see this!

    Peace Be Unto You All with Love and God Bless! Jane.

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    • Jorg Riemann   July 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

      You wouldn’t have seen anything as Michael Smith fabricated this entire article.

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  86. Nancy Hansen   July 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Nelson Mandela is a great soul. May he rest in peace in his ancestral cite (not the tourist attraction). His Nobel Peace Prize is what it’s all about. God bless his family.

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  87. don hall   July 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I wish we all stop respect each other even if if he is alive or dead lets all get along.put him down and each other not answer show love and understanding

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  88. Shara   July 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Does it mean he is alive? I am upset, seriously!

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  89. Amanda   July 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I am a South African living in South Africa and your story is so obviously a load of rubbish!!!! What, I ask you with tears in my eyes, would be the motivation for President Zuma etc to lie and pretend Mr Mandela was still alive??? Because your feeble reason that it would interfere with Obama’s visit is hilarious? For goodness sake, it would be perfect timing for Obama to be able to attend the funeral of our icon whilst he was already here visiting! Your entire article is repetitive, non-sensical and contains nothing whatsoever to substantiate anything you’ve said in order to elevate it from a load of drivel to an actual fact…. You seem to have cut and pasted and repeated yourself so many times… all in all its just laughable…If you have such amazingly accurate sources, go get a photo of Mr Mandela’s dead body in the morgue (or wherever you dimwits think it’s being hidden away)!!!!!

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  90. Kirsten   July 3, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I’ve never heard such unadulterated rubbish! I should have stopped reading at President “Zumba” ??

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  91. Holli   July 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    If Mr. Mandela is gone – the world will mourn as we did for Princess Diana. I remember being a little girl and hearing of his release and my family being so happy. I’ve read about him and I’m praying that he is given Angel’s wings….he has earned them. GOD Bless you Mr. Mandela.

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  92. Charlene Smith   July 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I note my comment has not been posted. The photograph you use is also one on one of my books, I am fairly certain that you are using a photograph that has copyright and for which you have probably not paid royalties. I’ll ensure lawyers get onto this.

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  93. Charlene Smith   July 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I am an authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela, I have known him for 23 years, known Winnie Madikizela for longer, and Grace Machel for about two decades. You’re a pig Michael Smith, this is the first time I have ever cussed anyone, but you and Guardian Express should be ashamed. How DARE YOU write such rubbish around something as sensitive as the illness of a revered man, a beloved father, and grandparent.
    This is probably the only time any of us have ever read Guardian Express, and it will be the last. You are despicable.
    And your local journalist? Who is that? It’s not anyone any of us have ever heard of. And Laura Oneale? Who on earth is she? I’ve been a journalist in South Africa for very many years and have never heard of such a person.
    I have no words to describe my disgust.

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  94. Lee   July 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Is the book The Plot Against South Africa available on ebook download?

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  95. Pierre Schnehage   July 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

    remark!

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  96. Keith [SA resident]   July 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Graca Machel has been at the hospital; I doubt very much that she would be a party to such a lie. I am no fan of Zuma and the rest of his cronys, but I doubt that there is a cover up.

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  97. shoboli nan tanna   July 2, 2013 at 6:52 am

    i am glad this racist peice of trash has gone to hell.he has been responsible for more whites being murdered and kidnapped never to be seen again

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    • Jorg Riemann   July 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Pity you weren’t one of them.

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    • African The One   July 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      You piece of crap, you seem to think of only your whites forgetting what the Nats did killing black people. Mandela’s actions were justified, the Nats were responsible for the suffering of millions of black South African and if it wasn’t for him, I would still be suffering even today.

      Proudly South African.

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  98. Alila   July 2, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Zumba? SERIOUSLY!?

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  99. Janine   July 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, the grammar and spelling errors are enough to question the validity of this article. Conspiracy theories?? Really???

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  100. Ask your reliable source. It should be easy to locate who I am.   July 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    WOW. I don’t even know where to start. As for the “red blanket” cultural symbolism, I’d say 10\10 for being very creative in trying to make your story look credible. As for Granddad being dead, You probably deserve an award for being the first to break the news. Bravo!!!. What I would like to suggest and I’m sure you will agree is, would you be so kind and donate all the money you received from reporting this untruthful story to the Nelson Mandela Foundation? You owe him that much, afterall he is the source of this particular income.

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    • Niqi   July 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Good for you!! I like 😉

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  101. dwneet   July 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    So, if I understand correctly, this author is not even in South Africa? So, basically the family is working together with the government to cover up Mandela’s death? For over a week now? They are continuing to visit him throughout the day, just to work with president Zuma in an elaborate scheme to fool the public? Did you re-read your article before you posted this?Just from a cultural perspective, your claims are utter BS! Do you know anything about their culture and how they deal with death (apart from what your other American sources tell you)? I think the fact that you have written this shows what an insensitive oxygen thief you are. I am not a fan of president Zuma, but this is the most rediculous thing I have ever heard. You, Micheal Smith, are ignorant, but something tells me you prefer it that way.

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    • mandela and his wife ARE COMMUNIST'S, TERRORIST's & MURDERERS - FACT!   July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Hereis another dummy, taking other morons wrods that he reads on this site, here is the proof as to who this author is, and she is from AFRICA you morons who can’t do the work! Also note: charlene smith is the liar here spreading disinformation, and if ANYONE should know of this author it is her, but she is a liar, do the work and prove me wron, because I know who the liar here is and who the idiots are, if you dummies can read, including charlene smith the liar and big mouth, here you go educate yourselves at least a little. it’s hailarious that these morons will argue and gang up on a web site, and not even know the FACTS, even though they claim they have like the liar charlene smith! They come here and vent and argue about thigns they know nothing about, and others come along and argue the liar’s (charlene smith), false point! Here you go, let’s start with educating these morons and end with WAKE THE HELL UP DUMB AMERICA, to think someone comes here, reads some strangers post and uses it as fact….that is why america has been infiltrated, the people are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo STUPID….OMG!! Now look into this FAKE author who DOES LIVE IN AFRICA!!
      http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/laura-oneale.html

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  102. kenneth hill   July 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Do not trust zuma and for what he stands for he is not fit for office and he must believe anything he says.

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  103. phillip   July 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    All you people commenting here should read the book by Klaus D. Vaque, The Plot Against South Africa, and then see who the real baddies were and most probably still are.

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    • Learn the truth about the COMMIE mandela and his terroristic ways!   July 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      yeah it was mandel the cmmie, terrorist and murdering wife! His wife will now be the FAKE martyr for suckers to believe!
      TRUTH about mandela and what you have been lied to about!
      http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/laura-oneale.html

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  104. kingyahshua   July 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    well you are one of my best in that part of the nation and you have done a great fight for humanity in my world and your reward will be great and you will be reincarnated to a gloryus life very soon the king of life is love and life not death i am going to miss a great leader from my world

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  105. Zanele   July 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

    You deserve death all your company

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  106. proud SA   July 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    If you were in south africa right now & knew who you were,ull return home in a tin fish as a coffin with be 2 big for you.nnnxxxxxxx ukhuluma amasimba

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  107. Debbie   July 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    An interesting article and I honestly think very close to the truth. A statement was released saing he was on life support and a liver support machine. Well both are used to keep a person alive.. Considering Zuma’s love of photo shoots and there have been none I would agree that in fact He cancelled a trip to Mozambique, which is close by, too weird.Mr Mandela has in fact died.It would be a political move to keep it out of the media until it is important.

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  108. William   July 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Perhaps the south African government did not want to admit that Mr. Mandela died while president Obama was in the country. That announcement would grab headlines away from the presidents visit.

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  109. Ishmael   July 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Mshini Wami

    rest in peace Tata. thank you so much for what you have done for us.

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  110. Brad MaasdorpBCM82   July 1, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Tactless and selfish. Consider yourself in a situation where one of your family are severely ill, maybe close to death and someone random writes that he has died, prior to you,knowing or confirming! I hope you visit South Africa soon, would like to meet with you.

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  111. Nukert   July 1, 2013 at 5:48 am

    You speak of the God of Israel and Nelson Mandela like they are related !?
    Mandela , hes family and comrades across the country participate in ritual sacrifices slaughtering cows and praying to their ancestors. They also turn to sangoma’s
    (which doctors) for medical related illnesses where they use human remains called mooty in their practice.

    The only reason Mandela won the Nobel Peace prize was because he destroyed South Africa’s whole nuclear arsenal.

    And he did this because he was a known terrorist across the world at that time and we all know that you cant have a terrorist in command of all that. Hence the ( war against terror!)
    Its not like he wanted to do it .

    But hes pledge stands and hes shadow fell over the whole of South Africa.
    He chanted at the grave of Chris Hanie that he will kill all white people (europeans) in South Africa. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcOXqFQw2hc) go see the video if you dont believe me.

    Apartheid was wrong . I know that but its not uncommon across the globe.
    Only difference is that the South African goverment gave it a name.

    But I think there could have been a better way to have changed the old ways than to hand the Country into the hands of the terrorist leader of the A.N.C ..

    They were trained and armed across the Angola border by the Soviet Union.
    No one seems to remember that this same Nelson Mandela went to prison for bombing public trains and places killing innocent people. That is why he was in prison for so long .
    He should have been hanged but he was not.
    In London posters were on the lamp posts saying that Mandela should be hanged for hes crimes but yet he was not . (http://planetivy.com/uknews/53829/was-david-cameron-involved-in-creating-the-hang-mandela-poster/) <–see link .

    So before you pay homage to him .. go pay homage to Osama ben landen aswel cause he died first.
    He is also seen as a freedom fighter by hes people for bombing the twin towers and killing all those innocent people .

    So please .Before you all get too emotional .. please find out who you are crying for first.

    May God lead us during this time.

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  112. Paul Gerber   July 1, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Shoe ppl, The point is Mandela might be dead, nothing else. If black people really are gonna start killing whites because of it, I’ll say they started prematurely. Fact is that all blacks are not murderers, and all whites ain’t racist. But it is the not so eager to work and learn majority I am worried about. Brighter future? That’s in question, the current government are truthfully racist, not the idea Madiba had for OUR country I would hope.

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  113. Jo   July 1, 2013 at 4:44 am

    If you are going to speak badly of someone (particularly the president) could you at least have the decency to spell his name correctly??!! Just makes your whole article seem dodgy if you can’t do a simple spell check.

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  114. venda   July 1, 2013 at 2:55 am

    People think wrong if they expect blacks and whites will rise against each other and kill one another. Times have changed Madiba played his part and South Africans moved on there no going back. We will mourn yes and miss him a lot but after that life goes on

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  115. Leon   July 1, 2013 at 2:46 am

    First Zuma and company misused an obvious unconscious Madiba (whom Zuma described as “up and about”) for their own political purposes. And now I’ll not be surprised if they’ll decide on his date of death for some political purpose to suit them. With politiopaths around, nothing is surprising.

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  116. Lara   July 1, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Stop losing the focus and the msg of the article and harping on the spelling! Zuma is a cricus clown! Dancing n singing umshiniwam umshiniwam…..his kinda zumba! It was a typo error, n url cant over look, but url want others to overlook the content of the article exposing the rogue deceptive gov of Zuma!

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  117. Angela Weber   July 1, 2013 at 2:23 am

    If your sources are as reliable as your spelling of the South African president’s name that says a lot.

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  118. Cheeky   July 1, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Spelling error in 4th paragraph, second line.
    Zuma, not Zumba, even though, he can do with some Zumba! 🙂 LOL!

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  119. truther   July 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Great man? He was a terrorist that made Bin Laden look like an amatuer… Thank God the filth is dead. Good riddance. the world is just a little bit brighter today

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    • Bob Loblaw   July 1, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Insensitive, he fought for freedom. Easy to judge someone else for angrily fighting against an unjust system when that system protects your interests, huh? World is brighter, psssshhhhh, that sounds as racist as celebrating the death of Martin Luther King. Anyone that sacrificed decades of their life for the freedom of others, and went on to forgive those who had wronged him upon his release, is the epitome of a selfless humanitarian. What have you done for mankind, other than judge others who try harder than you?

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    • Nancy   July 1, 2013 at 5:06 am

      You maybe should use your brain first before you open your mouth! he is one of the Greatest People of our time!!!!

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  120. Leigh-Anne   June 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Spelling error on Zuma in 4th para

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  121. Mari   June 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    It would truly sadden me to find out that N.M has not died but media vultures are just grasping for a story. My prayers are with him, his family and South Africa. May God be with them.

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  122. mswaja   June 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    From god we come and unto him we shall return

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  123. Bertie   June 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Mr. Mandela will be rewarded by God himself….that is what matters…not empty words from mankind

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  124. annonymous   June 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    People are very cruel making jokes about the man who gave them a brighter future its a disgrace how rude people can actually be!! Right now we should all be closer together praying for N.M instead of leaving rude insensitive insults …

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    • skylarkcowboy   June 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      A better life? Better than what? Before South Africa collapsed, life WAS better. Low crime, education, jobs, health care, infrastructure that actually worked. Today, just the reverse. Add to that the sex crime rate, and you have a nightmare. Better? Better than what? Being dead?

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      • Bob Loblaw   July 1, 2013 at 12:43 am

        You’re evidently one of the privileged few who’s human rights were not trodden into the sand. The people who felt the effects of Apartheid are extremely aware of the leaps and bounds our constitution took under Mr Mandela’s leadership, sure there are problems, but it is no longer legally okay to discriminate against others because of their ethnicity. The first step on the road to recovery if you ask me..

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        • Sindisiwe Ngube   July 1, 2013 at 1:23 am

          What is “Affirmative Action” if not legal discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity?

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  125. CAROL   June 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    RIP MR MANDELA…

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  126. JillinoisRN   June 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Actually, there are people who continue breathing after being removed from a ventilator. Being taken off of life support doesn’t automatically mean death…for most it does, but not all. But, there is obviously the possibility of some sort of censorship of information by the South African government- though I’m not sure why that would benefit them.

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  127. quatro   June 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    If he is dead so be and if he is alive only hope from he’s peopel will help him in health. Get well soon we miss you Madiba

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  128. Fadwah Solomon   June 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Micheal smith for taking the time and making the effort to keep south africa informed some people may say you dont have a heart or a soul and condemn you for a typing error as ιf they’ve “never” made mistakes just shows monkeys have peanuts for brains…. I say thats good journalism people need to know the truth and I happen to agree with you on everything 100% it is said that on news of the former presidents death there Will be havoc in south africa Government have not yet prepared for such catastrophy it is said and from what I gather off some of the comments is that white and black Will kill each other because nelson mandela is no longer as much as he has done for our country what would be the use of it all ιf on the day of his death we go back to living Ɩike animals????! Yes he was a great man he fought for a rainbow nation Βυƚ there ιs someone much greater than he Will ever be….. his called god !!! Nelson mandela may not bare witness to these violent actions and racial discrimination Βυƚ god sees all

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  129. Lara   June 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Excellent article!! I agree with the writer! Zuma is a devil in disguise…..zuma is like Zumba, dancing to music of the illuminati n Obomber! Covering up Mandelas death!

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  130. jerseydevil   June 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    We are about to lose an amazing humanitarian. One that note it is so heart breaking that he is lingering.. he has done so much and influenced so many, let him please go to his rest peacefully.

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  131. EJLUCKEY   June 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    To the Mandela Family May the comfort of Joy,Peace, and Love that he showed continue 2 b a part of your life as was his. For all the messy onses JUST SIT BCK AND C THE SALVATION OF THE LORD

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  132. steve robinson   June 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

    No matter what people think of him he made immense sacrifices for his country and the sad thing is all those sacrifices were all for nothing because those who came after him have destroyed the country for personal gain and what started as a Rainbow Nation has become a cesspool or crime, corruption and genocide and what’s more it’ll get far worse when Malema takes over as he surely one day will.

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  133. don   June 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Reading the rubbish contained in the article ans some of the comments its clear the authors have no idea of what Mandela and South Africa is all about, wake up , we are actually way ahead of you in our thinking.

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  134. steve robinson   June 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    IF (nite the big IF true) That would explain the family visit to the family grave plot a few days ago because there is reported to be an argument about where he is to be buried and further reported his wish is/was to be buried in the family plot and they have a belief that the spirit of a recently dead person can be transported from A to B in a branch of a buffalo thorn……. Pure speculation of course but far from impossible.

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  135. Daniel Akhura Aswani (@AkhuraAswani)   June 30, 2013 at 7:34 am

    If it is true that he bowed to the final call,let it be.We must accept the fact that he will no longer be here with us but his legacy and moral values will stick on our hearts and they will guide us to make the world a near better place

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  136. Lucy   June 30, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I read the article with interest and concern, up to the point where president Zuma was mentioned and then just scrolled down to leave a comment… Dead or alive, political issues or not… If you knew the real facts so well, the president of the ruling party’s name is Jacob Zuma… NOT ZumBa 😉

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  137. Nelson Mandela   June 30, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Hello my followers, my ANC heroes. Hello my people. I am not dead. I’m alive thanks to President Zumba’s excellent voodoo magic.

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  138. Tarryn   June 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Next time get our president’s name correct …
    “President Zumba” ??? disgraceful reporting to say the least!

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    • Shane van Zyl   June 30, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Zuma, Zumba… Whatever !!

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  139. Peggy Shea   June 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Well said Rosalie….we are all citizens of earth…whatever our outward appearance..and all came from somewhere…to this country….hoping for a better life then what we had…so be gratefiul for our blessings and get done with this one-upmanship of “I am better than you”We are all in the same boat…so pick up your oar and row…and stop all this nonsensical hatred for someone who may look or think different than you….

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  140. Money Limited   June 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Michael Smith you do not have a soul let alone a heart. But its ok because at least you will get that promotion you seek. #goingToHell

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  141. Beatriz   June 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I believe that only in the USA is Black-White issue such a problem. All of us are, in fact, shades of beige. And, Why, when you are bi-racial (meaning black-white) are you BLACK in the eyes of Americans? You have both genes. And, as someone mentioned, you are ignored if you are Chinese, Indian, Arab, or a thousand more country-related skin tones and eye colors. GET OFF IT ALREADY!!!!!! I am Hispanic, and it took me years to convince people that HISPANIC IS NOT A RACE- by the way I am a green-eyed blonde. Where do fit?

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    • skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      In the US, race is determined by the race of the Mother. I don’t know why, but logic says she IS the mother. As far as Hispanic is concerned, even the Hispanic community has difficulty with identity. I have spoken to a number of people who consider themselves to be all over the spectrum – Castilian, Spanish, Aztec, Mayan. The simplest answer would be to accept the identity of the country in which you are born. Yet even that is full of pitfalls. What exactly IS an American? A German? A Briton? A Canadien? As far as blonde and green eyed, I say – WOW! But that is just me being what I AM. A man.

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  142. SURESH DESHPANDE   June 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    A great Champion of Freedom Movement, source of Inspiration for younger generation for the centuries to come. Messanger of liberty, peace and humanity.

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    • skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      You’re obviously young, with no knowledge of the man’s history. Suffering for a just cause IS commendable. Committing barbarity in the name of that cause is not. The ANC under Mandela committed barbarity such that even the men of the French Foreign Legion were appalled at their inhumanity. The worst of it was reserved for their own people, the people they sought to “liberate.”

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      • Melanie Nathan   June 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        Skylark you are incorrect. I was there at the time. Both sides including the Afrikaner Government has their fair share of violence – like any war or revolution expect no less. AND why the hell do you think Mandela insisted on the Truth and Reconciliation Process after apartheid ended – Answer: So that everyone could do just that – Confess and be forgiven and it was horrendous on the Afrikaner side- burning kids in vans, youngsters disappearing. I suggest you watch those hearings before you point the finger at Madiba- for that alone he deserves his peace prize…

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        • skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

          I have yet to hear any apology for the barbarity of the ANC. All I hear is the viciousness of the Afrikaner Government. I do not discount the actions of that government. In none of my comments do I apologize or condone their actions or their policies. At the same time, there is no way any decent human being can overlook what was done to innocent people on BOTH sides. The Afrikaner farmers could no more change government policy than you and I can change the policy of the US government. Yet it was the innocent who suffered, as always. If you were there, you know the savagery visited on the Black population by the ANC. Pretending it was justified by the actions of the government is to say that any action is justified as long as your ends are met. Following this logic, there is no reason to condemn the Nazis. After all, they were simply pursuing a goal the leadership felt was worthy. Or do you have to win for that logic to prevail?

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  143. Rosalie   June 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    White ….. Black….. White….. Black….. all humans have a pink heart. Only one problem with humanity is the fact that eyes see colour. When the world stops blaming whites for black suffering and blacks for white suffering, peace will stand a chance! Wake up people!! We are humans who inhabit a world which unfortunately is destroying itself because of two colours, Black and White. Question is what if we were all pink skinned or purple skinned or blue skinned…. get my drift!

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    • skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      It does make one wonder about all the other races present, as if ONLY Black and White exist. I sometimes wonder what Asians, Indians, and even Native Americans think of the issue. We do sometimes act as if they don’t exist.

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  144. RorschachUK   June 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Michael Smith (@MikesFilmTalk) and Georgina Pijttersen (@ConcertWear) and Laura Oneale (@Zerrydo) are all responsible for any violence that happens in SA as a result of their lies.

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  145. Nick   June 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Yes… President Zumba “kept a lid” on the news because of American President Oblama’s upcoming trip to South Africa. 😀

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  146. H.Cuttell   June 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    If Mandela had died just prior to Obamas arrival it would have been too much for the SAP to cope with !

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  147. skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    So many “well wishers.” Who wishes the victims of Mandelas’ ANC well? Many of you are too young to remember the horrors perpetrated by the ANC, much of it against African women who refused to support the ANC through prostitution. And the Whites who were savagely, brutall murdered. Gang-raped, bayoneted, then burnt on a pile of tires. South Africa today is a hellhole where a womwan is raped every 60 seconds, the government doesn’t work, utilities don’t work, jobs are hard to get, health care is a joke. And you call this PROGRESS? Even Black South Africans have begun to hope for a return of White governance.
    Apartheid was wrong. No argument. But compared to today, which is worse? A stae where you had all you needed, or a state where you have NOTHING you need, including a future? Mandela knew what was done in his name. When did he ever decry the violence committed in his name? When did he ever express remorse for the White victims? An icon? Of what?

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    • Tonnya Marisse   June 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      No one is hoping for a return of White governance, and for you to ask which was worse, Apartheid, or the attempt to recover from it, only shows how deep seated your illusion of supremacy is, and your absolute refusal to accept that the conditions are part of the legacy of White rule. As for the whites that were murdered during the tribulation to independence, I can only say that you reap what you sow

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      • Gary   June 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Tonnya you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about!

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      • skylarkcowboy   June 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        Rape and murder are never an answer. You should know that from the history of the Holocaust. The unbridled savagery of the ANC was and is inexcusable. You ignore the the part of how Blacks suffered under the ANC, so intent are you on blaming Whites for everything. You weren’t around then. You didn’t see the horror, the suffering. It’s easy to talk from your vantage point.

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  148. Bobbie RichRDSON   June 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Only God knows the TRUTH. If he has deceased may his sole rest in pease!!

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  149. Barend Labuschagne   June 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

    The Bible says and this is my words you will reach the age of 70 and if you are strong 80 and it is just by Gods Grace that Madiba reached the age of 94

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  150. Marsha Bossert   June 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I hope that this 94 year old gentleman has gone on to the next life cycle, what we call death. He has lived a very long time and has done his country many wonderful deeds, he has been world reknown and respected. Can we let him die in privacy and let his family mourn him in privacy? I certainly intend to do this, I am not going to send a card, I said a few prayers when he was in the hospital but they were for his freedom from this life which had become very painful and without joy in his final illness RIP

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  151. John   June 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    You are a poes to write that

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  152. Tia   June 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Leave the man and his family in peace wheather he is dead or alive. Doesn’t he deserve that much? I hate reporters, everyone wants to be the first to exploit people!

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    • Anne   June 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

      You are right, what the hell does it matter if it was yesterday or will be next week.
      Is there nothing else to report on?? Makes me ill these medias

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  153. JulianD   June 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Wow. Anything for a scoop, huh? His grand daughter died, hence the red blanket. Leave him alone.

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  154. Pearson Wright   June 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

    To me, the fact that the South African government is trying to cover up the truth is a complete spit on Mandela’s grave. He put his life into that country, and look at all the fallacies going on now. What a pity.

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  155. Chanti south Africa.   June 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

    What the hell does it matter when he dies or died? stupid frenzied speculation just fuels the paparazi to violate the family in their time of Madiba’s transition. Its disgusting! Have some respect speculating vultures! Or do you really need a hook up to his heart monitor so YOU get the news first? Sickening. .

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  156. james   June 29, 2013 at 4:51 am

    All i want is a reliable source on whether he is still alive or dead! Could someone give us a confirmed report on life or death.That’s all!

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    • Chanti South Arica   June 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

      When he dies – there will be a lot more sources saying it – including ‘President Zumba.’ Surely that will be reliable enough? We’ll know when we know. .

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  157. marie fouche   June 29, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I HAVE POSTED THE STORY AS SOON AS I SAW IT BECAUSE I BELONG TO THE NBC NEWS AND ALSO SAVE THE WHITE PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA ALSO SAW THE VIDEO OF CHARLES MANNING, AND I BELIEVED EVERYTHING THAT HE SAID. I KNOW OUR GOVRNMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA WANTS US TO BELIEVE ALL THE LIES THEY POSTED, BUT NOT THE REAL STORIES BEHIND THE STUFF THAT THEY DO POST IN THE MEDIA, THAT IS WHY I SHARED IT WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIEND ON A PUBLIC BASIS WHERE EVERYBODY CAN SHARE IT AND SEND IT ON AGAIN.

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  158. Lee Thompson   June 29, 2013 at 12:08 am

    The papers will always look for a story and the South African government is sadly one big made up story – in the greater scheme of things both matter little. Nelson Mandela like all of us was born with a life plan or journey and if he has come to the end of his journey – may all that is good be with him!!!

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  159. Jackie Lindsey   June 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you Yvonne Way, what you said is the heart of the matter. Let’s all stop fighting that is not what Nelson Mandela was about, nor would he like out behavior. Weather he is alive or dead. Let’a support he and his family in prayer. Let us Thank his family for giving us such a Great man in our life, here on earth. Let us hope and pray that our President Obama of the US got a chance to show his respect to Nelson Madela either way, and that President Obama has a safe return back to DC. RIP Mr. Nelson Mandela and May GOD be with your family always.

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  160. FELIX E.   June 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    What’s happening, who do we believe?

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  161. Comment   June 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    President ‘Zumba’? Gosh, The Guardian aint what it used to be!

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    • A Real Newsie   June 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      This site is not The Guardian- it is the ‘Guardian LV’ eg. Las Vegas. It is not in any way connected to guardian.co.uk.

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    • mette jensen   June 29, 2013 at 1:08 am

      I noticed that BIG error too…

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  162. nathan   June 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    We love you a very great man we will miss you chester family.

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  163. Bree   June 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Typical behaviour of a journalist who is not even from South Africa, that’s the problem with you people, you have a misconception that you know it all. I’m sure you’ve been working long enough to know that as a professional, you need to get your facts straight, are you running out of things to write? I have an idea, how about you write about something that you’re sure about, something happening in your country maybe. Your ignorance is distasteful. Show respect to our iconic figure and his family. You probably fabricated the story about your sources. Brush up on your writing skills too, you spelt Zuma incorrectly in the fourth paragraph.

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  164. A Real Newsie   June 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    So, your secret source insists Mandela is dead? LOL

    Here’s how anon sourcing works in the real journalism world: if a source, whom you are granting anonymity to, burns you- you burn them.

    Apologise for being misled and reveal your source- or your credibility is forever toast. That is, if you ever had any credibility and were not merely flogging other people’s writing as your own… which appears to be the case with this site.

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  165. MUGARURA   June 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Nelson Mandela Madiba will live for ever as an African and indeed world icon that the world respected Noble Peace Prize winning humanitarian who struggled for peaceful meaningful leadership on a torn African continent with Apartheid, civil wars, anarchy, brutality of African leaders on their own citizens, The wolrd will miss him and always by his example ,the world will always mourn his death when he is long gone.

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  166. Ronald Jones   June 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Madiba will live on forever. His is a soul made perfect in adversity.

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  167. Rayjay Luuos   June 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Its best to let the family announce the news. As far as we all concerned Nelson Mandela is alive and well. According to the Huffington post, 4 hours ago…the news is Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing a “great improvement” in his health.
    We all just have to hope and pray that Gods will be done and let the family tell the world.

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    • tonnya004   June 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      so you’d rather be lied too, because it makes you more comfortable. There are currently conflicting reports being made, one is that he shows great improvement and the other that he is in critical condition still. They can’t both be right now can they. Something is out of sync, but you would rather wait to be told like a good little sheep what to think, than to think for yourself

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  168. tonnya004   June 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    For the many of you that say you love Mandiba, stop your cursing and fighting. Whether you believe the article or not, will not ease your pain of losing him, nor are you behaving in a way that corresponds to his message of peace, unity, understanding…

    I can understand feeling confused and perplexed, but to make accusations about the journalist, and the paper, is ridiculous and uncalled for. Do you think a growing newspaper would falsify information just to get attention, and in the meantime risk it’s reputation? Come on folks be rational. This was not the only source that reported Mandela’s death.
    And as far as the “sheep” that cry out for “official sources” to tell you what happened, I bet you are the same people that waited for “official sources” to tell you about 9-11 and you missed the entire cover up that came with that disaster.

    Whether you believe this story or not, there is no evil intentions to hit the bank off a man that was so dearly loved, especially by the journalist brave enough to say something in direct opposition to heavy hitting media. Think again before you comment, and at least use your hearts before you make verbal war for a man that stood for peace

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      first of all… it’s MADIBA not MANDIBA!!! Secondly, as we LIVE in South Africa, and have seen interviews with his family, it’s safe to say he’s NOT dead. How do you think we’ll hide his death from President Obama who arrived in South Africa tonight and will visit with MADIBA?!! The fool who wrote this article should be fined, and never be allowed near a computer again!

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    • Jorg Riemann   June 29, 2013 at 4:53 am

      I think its perfectly acceptable to call Michael Smith a lying sack of sh!t if that’s what he is. Fabricated story by a total twit, and please don’t use the word “rational” in connection with this story.

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  169. Jorg Riemann   June 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Bet you’re praying for something bad to happen to Mandela quickly Michael Smith so you can save your so called “reputation” after this clusterf*&k of an article.

    Please don’t retract it, keep it up as proof of your stupidity.

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  170. Mr Squid   June 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Bizarre. Still standing by your story Michael White?

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    • Melanie Nathan   June 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      This article reminds me of a tantruming 3 year old who wants attention so badly that he looks for negative reinforcement – worse yet this guy is a con. I bet he has no such source. The only source he has is the SAUCE he puts on his monkey gland steak – but then he probably doesn’t even know what that is. Seriously what a disgusting article. He owes Madiba and the family and all South Africans an apology.

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  171. Masengi   June 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

    South African president is Mr Zuma not Zumba you moron & stop talking crap we will wait for the family to tell the nation not you leave our president alone & news of our country ALONE…mncm

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  172. magaye   June 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    siphukuphuku sakwa smith ungayisho njani into enje baqinisile uma bethi nina zintatheli ninga xhalanga, umsuzo wonke lowukhulumayo

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  173. Paul   June 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Do everyone a favour – Unplug your computer, walk over to the trash can, deposit computer. Then, disconnect your broadband and use the extra time to find something you’re actually good at. Journalism isn’t that thing. The internet isn’t meant for everyone.

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  174. bafana   June 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

    God bless TATA Madiba, rest in peace

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Another Martian!! If you’re South African, can’t understand why your screen name would be Bafana otherwise, you KNOW that he lives!

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  175. Nick de Vera   June 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Yeah you clickbait vulture, do the waffle dance, milk this farce for all it’s worth.

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  176. Yvonne Ways   June 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I’m so very sorry that the world has lost a great humanitarian. Let’s pray for his family and those who loved him to find strength during this difficult time. Peace and blessings to his family and those of us to really appreciated his contribution to this world.

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Seriously:? Do you people live on Mars? Nelson Mandela is NOT DEAD!! This report, fraught with errors has also erred in the reporting of Madiba’s death. We’ll let you know when it happens, until then please respect our president, his family and the people of South Africa!!

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  177. lois   June 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Why are people saying things that aren’t true, where is respect and considertion in this country? Nelson Mandela is still alive, nobody can predict when he is going to die, only God knows that. His family should be left in peace in a sad time as this. Nature will take its course one way or another.

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  178. Nathan   June 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Disgusted by you. When he dies an official announcement will be made. Lay off vultures. You selfishly want to be the first so you have given in to disrespect?

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  179. vincent flemmings   June 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

    the whole world will mist a great man

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  180. Lungisa Mapuma   June 28, 2013 at 5:37 am

    f*cking wankers

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  181. Paul   June 28, 2013 at 1:11 am

    You should cancel your internet connection, take your computer, unplug it, walk to the trashcan and throw everything which allows you to go online in there. The internet is not for everyone. Get a real job you moron.

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  182. Charmaine Rowlands   June 28, 2013 at 12:12 am

    WHY is the article still online? Save what little credibility you have left!! Take it down!!

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  183. Nono   June 28, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Eish… if only you know what zumba is in Zulu 🙁
    Our tata is not dead, stop spreading useless rumours!!!

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  184. Keith Downs   June 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I was prepared to accord some credibility to this article, right up until the part where the mis-spelling of President Zuma’s name occurred.

    Red blankets go deeper than just a sign that some one has died, and the isiXhosa are not a “tribe” they are a nation, an ethnicity, a culture – in the same way that the English or the Italians are not merely a “tribe”.

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  185. saadi   June 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Why isn’t anyone arresting you if what your saying is all a plain rumour
    This all seems like circus

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  186. Jennifer   June 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen,we live in this country, and wouldn’t over rule such sick jokes. Early hours of the 1st of July, the death of the great “icon” will be annonced. There is always motive to everything, wether good or bad. He lived his life, did what he had to do so we have accepted the fact that no one lives forever. Considering his history in prison, we can only look at that as his main cause of deterioration of his organs which he has greatly pushed so far to the age of 94. So wether we have a puppet show or not, the earth is still going to rotate on its axis after all is said and done. We are not all dumb, but some times its safer to sing in a choir lest they hear your off key tune. Yes red blankets are a symbol, which will also be accompanied by darker clothing and covering of female heads in the family when it is confirmed. A mess has been done, but then we are all humans, and to err is our nature. Be calm everyone please, we have started mourning as is!

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  187. Deborah Vaughan   June 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    You call yourself a journalist, when you can”t even spell the word “mourn” and you honestly think the public are going to believe your dribble. Heaven knows I am so grateful I didn’t spend money to buy your crappy newspaper and I will not open any more mail that even utters your name. You are a disgrace to public news.

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  188. kevie   June 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    He is human…he is going to die, people are missing the point…don’t focus on his death, but focus on what he had thought this nation….someone dying is normal…as for the media they’re a bunch of cakes

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  189. Bruce   June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Mandela is dead – he has been dead ever since he sold his soul and his people to the Money mongers, the Banksters, the “elite”, The N.O.W.
    All his political moves were made to aid in the destruction of this planet as we know it – bought and paid by his masters, he was but a convenient puppet in the plan for World domination. Take a look at the jews behind Mandela, then look at who’s behind ALL the Governments pulling the strings . . . Time to wake-up and this goes for Blacks, Browns, Whites and all other people of colour, as you’re all seen as useless eaters. Never heard of Agenda21 and Border21
    Say buy-buy to freedoms … Say hello to global Communism!
    Next stop! . . . Armageddon!

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  190. Tmack   June 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    you’re a stupid dick!

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  191. AJR   June 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    “The Nobel Prize winning humanitarian Nelson Mandela had his life support shut down after he died last night aged 94 at the end of a long battle with illness that ended with his hospitalization and finally his death.” How could Mandela have his own life support shut down AFTER he died the night before? This is either a stupid joke or you are plain stupid.

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  192. John   June 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Nelson Mandela is not dead! Get your facts straight, it is extremely disrespectful for you to spread these lies about him.

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  193. Yaya   June 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Why would people announce someone dead when they are not sure? I don’t care how reliable you think the sources are but out of respect for any human being, you should leave their family to deal with an official announcement.

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  194. Jorg Riemann   June 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    “A medical source explained to us that no one is left on life support after 24 hours as they are then technically brain dead.”

    You might want to check up on this “fact” too. Are you really this stupid? Apparently yes.

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  195. Jorg Riemann   June 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Just can’t admit that you’re wrong (and stupid). Way to go.

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  196. Dana   June 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    “President Zumba” LOL

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  197. kld   June 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    The fact that you have misspelled the President of South Africa’s surname just makes you look even more comical than your misguided attempt at being first to report the death of Mandela.

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  198. Jordan Townsend   June 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Eyewitness testimony is a very low form of evidence as it is, but this is more playground rumor as a source, which is even worse. I’d rather wait longer to find out the truth than learn about rumors sooner. By the way, I love how you called him “President Zumba.”

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  199. [email protected]   June 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    NELSON MANDELL LIFE IS TIMELESS………………LOSS FOR WORDS………
    I HAD THE CHANCE TO SHAKE HANDS WITH HIS DAUGHTER WHERE I WENT TO SCHOOL IN DATONA BEACH FLORIDA.. BETHUNE COOKMAN AND ALSO HAVE A VERY NICE PICTURE WITH HER…..

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  200. Richard   June 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Also, if you already decided to report on world affairs, please learn how to spell “Nobel” properly.

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  201. Richard   June 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    ” an addendum with new facts that will prove our assertions that the great man is dead”

    Yeah, so now it is the journalist’s job to speculate and “prove” whether someone is dead or alive. I thought you are supposed /expected to report accurately the facts, not distort and embroider them. This level of journalism is garbage – and you should educate yourself in matter of reporting, ethics, professionalism, and moral behavior (explanation: you are deleting criticism from another page of yours, simply because you cannot tolerate critical comments, and this is easier than vamping up your professional standards).

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  202. thobile   June 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This is realy shocking Michael Smith should be ashamed of himself. He is a disgrace to journalism

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  203. Warren   June 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Get your fact correct ,you idiots

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  204. weegiewarbler   June 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    So, is this the Crystal Ball Approach to journalism? Every other outlet is saying he’s alive, but very poorly.

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  205. Ashley   June 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    The “journalist” who wrote this ridiculous and irresponsible article should be fired. Totally and utterly incompetent. How can you report on things that are blatant lies. I won’t ever trust a single word the Guardian says in my life again. You probably fabricated everything to do with Edward Snowden too.

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  206. Al   June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Why is this article still up?

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  207. Andrea   June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Shame on you. You published speculation TWICE, and even bragged about it in the second article (this one). I was shocked to see this up last night, but am even more shocked that it is STILL online.

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  208. OR Mosikare   June 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Toilet journalism

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  209. Jules Benjamin   June 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Quite a scoop you’ve got here. Either you have incredible sources, or you’re highly irresponsible, two-bit hacks. The latter, I suspect.

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  210. Ogutu   June 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    This is irresponsible read.

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  211. Mary Newland   June 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I just read that he had improved overnight…what gives?

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  212. Asma   June 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    How can speculation like this be published? what kind of journalist is this? really think that South Africans play conspiracy games as the USA would of something as sincere and heartfelt as the death of the father of our nation? Obama may be your president – Madiba is the father of South Africa…it is disrespectful and as his daughter asks – respect!

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  213. Kim Shin   June 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Being on life support does not necessitate that he is dead. He is still responding to the touch of others’. Keeping a lid on the news has nothing to do with the Obama visit; it’s about respecting the family’s privacy. The officials are not lying; they are updating the public as needed. The media hounds should let the family have their privacy. This article is irresponsible journalism.

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  214. Ben   June 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    The Guardian Express – maybe a bit too express?

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  215. Paul   June 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    And we are so convinced that the political expediency of this situation does not trump the government keeping such a thing under wraps pursuant to the Obama visit.
    I have no such reservations and although don’t know one way or another what the truth is – I certainly don’t dismiss “the authorities” lying to the public – in our own interests of course….
    We would all like Madiba to live forever (in fine health of course) but it is very likely that he is leaving us very soon if he hasn’t already done so.
    I would urge that we remain as skeptical of the official press releases as we do of this article. That would be sensible in my view.
    And a man that is being kept alive by machines isn’t really here in any case is he?
    He has in effect, already gone.

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  216. Nivan   June 27, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Disgraceful reporting. The article (and facts) are incorrect in itself but the author continues to speak about the other journalists and how they acted in poor faith! Whats with the diary of events? Really????

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  217. Tebogo   June 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

    That is why it is always important to double check information at hand and ensure that you have evidence of what you are publishing. You cannot afford to give the public such twaddle and have the guts to call it Breaking news “.

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  218. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan   June 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

    This ‘reliable source’ is the same ‘intruder’ Oscar Pistorius tried to manufacture!

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  219. Brent Abrahamse   June 27, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I would like to request that everyone who has posted a comment here expressing their disgust in the above article, take a few minutes and send a message to the editor of this tabloid (you can go to the link http://guardianlv.com/contact-us/) demanding that they retract the story and publish an apology.

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    • Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan   June 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

      MIchael Smith? The same ‘clown’ whose ‘reliable source’ switched-off Nelson Mandela last night.

      Is Mr Smith invited to the funeral?

      This guy also do the odd-jobs for The Guardian’s staff? He seems to be everywhere like a cheap skirt!

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  220. Sparrow   June 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I hope you get hit by a car and die… soon… very soon.

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  221. Henry   June 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

    HE’S NOT DEAD

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  222. k.kumar   June 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Hey dumb idiot of a journo. He man is still alive and stable. How dumb a nitwit are you.

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  223. Fusi   June 27, 2013 at 6:40 am

    You phathetic

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  224. Nicoleen   June 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Is Mandela alive or not? Why is everyone so angry?

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  225. Allan Haddock   June 27, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Well, this is awkward

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  226. Mabhacabhaca   June 27, 2013 at 6:27 am

    What a hogwash reporting… Its disgusting bordering to treason really.

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  227. dave   June 27, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I hope your parents die now! you incompetent excuse for a jurno!

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    • Brent Abrahamse   June 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

      A bit harsh Dave, but I share your frustration that there idiots like this who are allowed near a newspaper!

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    • Julian   June 27, 2013 at 6:39 am

      i mean sure it’s premature to say he’s dead already but do you really think this guy’s parents should die, right now? think about what you say on the internet before you say it. it’s not anonymous just because we don’t know who you are.

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  228. Jaxon   June 27, 2013 at 6:26 am

    What? Is this Fox “news”?
    … About as accurate.

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  229. Mubu_T   June 27, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Bunch of liars!! The Lord knows when he will take him!! Just keep the faith, Get well soon Tata!!

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  230. Hellen   June 27, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Is not true, he’s still aliiiiive!!

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  231. Brent Abrahamse   June 27, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Clearly freedom of the press in your organisation means freedom to publish unmitigated garbage. Obviously your reporters never learnt the meaning of substantiating facts and are quite prepared to publish any sensationalist drivel!!! Furthermore, any editor worth their salt would double (if not triple) check news of this magnitude.

    I have two things to say: 1) publish a decent apology, 2) resign your positions (because you definitely aren’t worthy of them) and 3) go back to journalism school!

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  232. DAVE   June 27, 2013 at 6:22 am

    HOW INSENSITIVE OF YOU! THIS TABLIOD IS NOT EVEN WORTH WIPPING MY ARSE WITH!

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  233. Ben   June 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

    this is disgusting – i demand that is taken down- what irresponsible journalism !!!

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  234. drunkenbutterfly33   June 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

    not as if the guardian ever had much credibility…what little you had left is now gone…appalling!!

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  235. Nqobile   June 27, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Our Legend his still alive,people must stop talking about something they are not sure about.

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  236. Anika   June 27, 2013 at 6:19 am

    The Guardian had now descended to the level of tabloids in its quest to get the breaking news scoop? Disgusting that it would report a live man dead, and worse that it would make such a mistake with the world’s hero Nelson Mandela.

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  237. nturii   June 27, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Today the president of SA visited Madiba in hospital and says his health has improved since yesterday night.From which planet are you reporting mr. smith? Wat alien are you referring to? It undoubtedly can’t be the beloved Mandela?

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  238. Michael Hartley-Holthuysen   June 27, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Disgusting – attention seeking little Yank Trash newspaper…. The reliable sources quote that Madiba is still very much alive! You owe the world an apology!

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  239. Hugo Chamberlain   June 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

    why is this still up here?

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  240. Margaret Bonham   June 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

    the Guardian owes the world an apology for this horrid article. I will NEVER read another piece from this outlet

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  241. michelle   June 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

    U and yo so called source are a disgrace to th public eye*

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  242. Charmaine Rowlands   June 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

    This is going to be interesting. We’ve had a miracle… Madiba lives!! Pray tell, Mr Michael Smith, how this is possible?

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  243. nturii   June 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

    http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/

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  244. stefan uk   June 27, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Inaccurate reporting, shocking and in bad taste. I will take anything from Guardian with a huge pinch of salt, if not boycotting forever.

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  245. Anna Long   June 27, 2013 at 6:03 am

    On the radio news now, they said Madiba’s condition improved last night although Madiba is still in a critical condition!!!! Remove your crap from here!!!

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  246. Fran   June 27, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Your source is not “very reliable” it would seem.

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  247. Bruce   June 27, 2013 at 6:01 am

    His condition has actually improved you morons!! HE IS NOT DEAD! Remove this article. Disgusting.
    http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/pebble.asp?relid=15645

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  248. Thapelo   June 27, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Only god know’s so let live everything on his hand,we love u Tata Madiba.

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  249. Louise   June 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Are you serious????? I hope you and Laura Oneale Get banned from posting articles without proof in future.

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  250. Gillian   June 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    This is a terrible article and should be removed , have you no respect for Mr Mandela. Our government is not covering up anything and to say that is in such bad taste you should be ashamed. Madiba is still alive. Proudly South African

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    • Thabo   June 27, 2013 at 6:04 am

      This is so terrible. Where is the morality in mankind

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  251. Jen Linsey   June 27, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Bad journalism …. according to a press release by his FAMILY in the last half an hour he is still with us…. shame on you Guardian

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  252. Yolanda   June 27, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Update on former President Mandela’s health

    27 June 2013

    President Jacob Zuma visited former President Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba’s condition has improved during the course of the night. He remains critical but is now stable.

    “I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I could see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We must pray for Tata’s health and wish him well. We must also continue with our work and daily activities while Madiba remains hospitalised, ” President Zuma said.

    The Presidency is disturbed by the rumours that are being spread about former President Mandela’s health. We appeal for respect for the privacy and dignity of the former President.

    Issued by: The Presidency
    Pretoria

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  253. Anna Long   June 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Such nonsense!!! Madiba was our President for many years and our country will know about his death straight away!!! It will be all over the news!!! Don’t wish a good man dead before his time, PLEASE!!

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  254. Tarryn   June 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

    This post should be removed!

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  255. Ma Oo   June 27, 2013 at 5:48 am

    ႈI sad ,he is died.

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  256. Subz   June 27, 2013 at 5:48 am

    http://www.presidency.gov.za/

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  257. Mike   June 27, 2013 at 5:43 am

    This is a horrible article. You have zero journalistic credibility. Not only could you not name your source or even how your source is considered reliable, but the grammar in this article is appalling. You’re a joke, and so is this website for allowing a piece of garbage like you to write for them.

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  258. Wiseman.bhengu   June 27, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Now I believe this ILLUMINATE thing coming to destroy the world because Jesus is coming…..please People accept Jesus the world is come to an End.

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    • Realist   June 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

      hahahaha 😀 Welcome to africa everyone! hahaha

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  259. Momade Adamo   June 27, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Please! Respect the life of Mandela. If your desire is to see him dead wait until God the light. What would justify this lie? Money?

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  260. Terminator   June 27, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Whos cares If he is still alive and do the people a great favor by pulling the plug, And good riddance to the COMMUNIST SLUG

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    • Caleb   June 27, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Ooh okay, because RSA was much better off under apartheid rule. You’re disgusting.

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    • Tessa   June 27, 2013 at 5:42 am

      oh shut up!@!!@

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    • Brodie   June 27, 2013 at 5:49 am

      “terminator” only a racist pig could say something like that… hence your anonymous name . . .douche!!!!!

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  261. Neter   June 27, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Why this lie?, his daughter Makaziwe said he was “still there” and responding to touch.

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  262. danielle   June 27, 2013 at 5:30 am

    This article is written horribly. It contradicts itself, repeats information, doesn’t file a logical flow of writing, and has poor grammar use and sentence structure.

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  263. elbie   June 27, 2013 at 5:28 am

    He is still alive stop spreading lies

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  264. W. Bentley   June 27, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Please remove this article and respect Mr Mandela and the people of South Africa. This false reporting is out of line. Wait until an official statement has been made before publishing such a disrespectful article. You have lost journalistic credibility.

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  265. Jock   June 27, 2013 at 5:21 am

    This is disgraceful!

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  266. Johan   June 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

    No, he hasn’t … see LIVE local news: http://www.enca.com/coverage/nelson-rolihlahla-mandela

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  267. Robert Rudolph   June 27, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Has he or Hasn’t died….. that is the question?????????????????

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  268. karien   June 27, 2013 at 5:16 am

    We will miss Madiba he was one of the most loved and respected persons South Africa did had for a long time.Madiba may you rest in peace,our prayers will be for his wonderfull family,rest in peace Madiba we will miss you always.

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  269. B Sterrett   June 27, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I as a South African have suspected for days that the truth is being withheld and I cannot understand why anyone would expect an elderly ill person to not finally meet his maker. Really this is the closest article I have seen to the truth yet. Accept it now that Madiba is in a better place now. Let him RIP and stop being so blind to the truth that is so blantantly obvious.

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

      O dear. How do you explain that he’s condition is now stable? He’s not DEAD after all.

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  270. Claire   June 27, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Take this story down you fools! He is still alive and it’s disgusting that this is still up!!

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  271. Bren   June 27, 2013 at 5:11 am

    The Guardian and the journalist should be sued for this crap…….

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  272. simon   June 27, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Not only a blatant lie, but Nelson Mandela is still in a critical but stable condition but is responding to touch and trying to open his eyes. This is what is being reported in most online news sites. So why would you let your news reporter post such a news story that could upset the whole of South Africa if seen people are going to think it’s true and end up going viral on Facebook.

    Obliviously your reporter Michael Smith needs to be sacked for writing such a news story, that could upset the ENTIRE world. I really think that this story should be taken down ASAP.

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  273. Bozi   June 27, 2013 at 5:07 am

    trying to still the lime light

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    • Bozi   June 27, 2013 at 5:28 am

      meant to say trying to steal the lime light, eish the queen’s langauge:-)

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  274. Lynn Maggott   June 27, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Totally irresponsible!

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  275. Elize   June 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I do not even want to think that this could be true nevermind that it is being kept quiet because of it overshadowing Obama’s visit. If it is being kept from the people of SA because of the AMERICAN president’s visit then a great wrong was done to the people of SA. There is not one person in SA who does not love Madiba and it would be just be wrongggggggg. Obama stay in America!!!!!!!!!!

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  276. Ash   June 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Not only has this reporter lost complete credibility for the rest of his career, he has taken this website and newspaper down with him. I will not rely on a word of news from this publication again. Completely irresponsible journalism, website management, editorial.. the whole lot of you should be canned.

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  277. Eva Adams   June 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Take this article down! This is so premature and just flat out WRONG!

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  278. Zama   June 27, 2013 at 4:54 am

    hogwash!

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  279. linda fillis   June 27, 2013 at 4:54 am

    LOAD RUBBISH HES STILL ALIVE WHY WRITE THIS ?? just to sell a paper ???

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  280. sophy   June 27, 2013 at 4:53 am

    this michael smith he needs to be arrested really how can he say that

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  281. Dipen Arya   June 27, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Horrible journalism! Appalling! How can you print falsehoods like this?!

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  282. Yusy Smile   June 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

    what is not yet, can be yet, but it is not yet..

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  283. Francesca Prinsloo   June 27, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Guys. do the sensible thing and remove this article.

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  284. Jon   June 27, 2013 at 4:38 am

    To follow a reporter live at scene , view

    https://twitter.com/barrybateman

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  285. DESIREE   June 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I FEEL THAT NO NEWS OF DEATH SHOULD BE REPORTED BY ANYONE UNTIL CONFIRMED BY HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY OR OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT YOU MAY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR YOURSELVES AS YOU PUBLISH SUCH BS BUT HAVE RESPECT FOR NELSON MANDELA AND HIS FAMILY AND HIS NATION. AS SENSATIONAL AS YOU MAY FIND IT US SOUTH AFRICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIS RECOVERY… SO HAVE SOME RESPECT

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  286. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan   June 27, 2013 at 4:34 am

    THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE TRUE

    Thursday June 27 2013 @ 13:33 CAT

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  287. PD   June 27, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Michael Smith – you really are the lowest form of civilisation. Genuine slime. I feel sorry for your family

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  288. Gikingo   June 27, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Let it be…Let Him rest in Peace!!!!!!!!1

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  289. Jessica   June 27, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Not only is this a blatant lie but a true reflection of the type of paper you are. Or whatever you call yourself?
    Madiba is a well respected man and loved by millions, and to spread such disgusting rumour at this critical time is uncalled for.

    As a human being have the decency to tell the truth. Or can it not be expected of you?

    Proud South African

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  290. Saunders   June 27, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Unreal…..

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  291. S Daid   June 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

    this Michael Smith must be arrested

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  292. Obakeng Morebodi   June 27, 2013 at 4:23 am

    The old man is still alive even not kicking so stop with all this crap you writing about him, we’ll let you know once he’s dead….

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  293. Nicky   June 27, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Irresponsible journalism at its best! What some people will do to drive traffic. Disgraceful!

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  294. Issam   June 27, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Michael Smith should be fired! This is irresponsible and malicious journalism! In any respectable country, he should be tried and fired and should not be allowed to report again.

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  295. Meg   June 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Madiba is still alive. CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!

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  296. Elgiva   June 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

    CHECK FACTS PEOPLE…..CHECK FACTS!!

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  297. Madoda   June 27, 2013 at 4:18 am

    who the hell is this Michael Smith?

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  298. fgee   June 27, 2013 at 4:18 am

    People the next thing you’ll be reporting is he’s waiting for the master or the illuminati Obama to come collect his soul, please this man is well respected here in mzansi & u’re just trying to make headlines

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  299. PMkhize   June 27, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Absolute nonsense, people’s emotions are involved here. Please can we rather unite in prayer than in such jokes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  300. thandi   June 27, 2013 at 4:17 am

    This is what south africans has to deal with everyday!! Madiba was lucky!! At least the ambulance arrived!! The mainstream south africans do not see the ambulance!! And die piecefully at home…

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  301. Thabo Momoti   June 27, 2013 at 4:16 am

    BUNCH OF DISRESPECTFUL CLOWNS STOP THIS BS.

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  302. who   June 27, 2013 at 4:14 am

    disgusting, make People confuse and using the life of such a man to sell your newspapaer!

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  303. Rob Nelson   June 27, 2013 at 4:13 am

    If everyone would PLEASE notice the web address for this site is “guardianlv.com” which is NOT the Guardian. The REAL one is guardiannews.com This is just a rag web site trying to sucker people into believing crap. Just disregard it like the piece of sh*t it is.

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  304. Geoffrey Tracey   June 27, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I wonder if you aren’t enjoying the fuss this article is creating? Who was the ‘reliable source’ that Michael Smith got this information from? I ask you, why publish something like this, about this man, when it is not true? Don’t you have fact checkers? You have tarnished your reputation, unless a tarnished reputation is what you were going for?! Guardian of what? Guardian of low standards, of hearsay? Of disrespect? Of playing with people’s emotions? We might expect this sort of story in a sensationalist rag, and maybe that’s what you are….

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  305. Danielle   June 27, 2013 at 4:09 am

    What rubbish. His daughter has just spoken on the radio and he is definitely NOT dead yet. I think we in South Africa will be the first to hear, dont you think?

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  306. Warren Marris   June 27, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Indeed! Another Guardian Screw up! As of 12 minutes ago – He was still alive but is not expected to recover – His family have been called to his bedside! Get Grip Guardian – You ain’t going to win no prizes for “predicting” the inevitable… Disgraceful!

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  307. Iceshark   June 27, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Wow….and I almost fell for this….

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  308. JC   June 27, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Where the hell do you get you info? Stop publishing BS like this!!

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  309. CHANTAL   June 27, 2013 at 4:05 am

    WE ARE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND AS AT THIS HOUR HE IS STILL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!! SO JUST ANOTHER CRUEL ARTICE PUBLISHED AGAIN…..

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  310. Eva   June 27, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Utter FAIL! As of 7:00 am Eastern US time he’s still alive!
    What rubbish!

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  311. Tracy   June 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Disgusted from South Africa!!!!

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  312. wedu   June 27, 2013 at 3:59 am

    RIP man of God

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  313. Mentos   June 27, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Just curious – on what authority does everyone here have it that he IS actually still alive? Do any of you have a “reliable source”?

    I propose the story may well be based on some fact that the rest of you haven’t been fed by your own government / press.

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    • Bruce   June 27, 2013 at 4:04 am

      His family. Reliable enough for you?

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    • Realist   June 27, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Exactly! Sheep believe anything…

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 27, 2013 at 4:05 am

      i think we know our country well enough to know that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to keep a lid on this! We’ve just seen an interview with this daughter, unless she’s heartless, i think we can safely say that Madiba is still with us!!

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    • Eva   June 27, 2013 at 4:07 am

      ABC News in the states is pretty accurate. This “news organization” is the only one claiming he is dead. I doubt any government needs to cover up the death of an already dying 94 year old man.

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    • Tessa   June 27, 2013 at 4:15 am

      exactly the point here…. if you dont have the facts DONT PUBLISH IT!!!!

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  314. Frozen   June 27, 2013 at 3:57 am

    WOW
    Huge Fail!
    Idtiots, this makes you look freaking incompetent………. which i am sure is the reality!

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  315. WHAT EVEN?   June 27, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Oh for goodness sake… I used to like The Guardian, as it was far more respectable than the likes of the Mail etc, but I won’t trust you in future. So ridiculous that you would confirm a man’s death before it even happened. Sick!

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  316. sar   June 27, 2013 at 3:55 am

    live forever

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  317. Celeste   June 27, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Shame on you for such utter nonsense. Allow the man his dignity, he is still alive.
    Such sensationalist seeking dogs!! I would be ashamed to out my newspaper out there if this was me.

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  318. Elsje   June 27, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Really?! So you, who do not even live is SA, know that he is dead and us in South Africa do not?! Idiots…you have just COMPLETELY discredited your newspaper. ‘Will be hard to believe anything you print from hence forth….

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  319. Leshoko   June 27, 2013 at 3:52 am

    My favourite line is the one about the red blanket…lol! Whoever wrote this needs to repent. How do you lie so prodly? And when did you become an expert in xhosa tradition? I’m south african & have never heard of such non sense in my life.

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  320. Samantha berger   June 27, 2013 at 3:50 am

    This is absolutely disgusting. How can you report these facts when they are not true. I live in south africa and as far as the entire country is concerned, right now Mandela is still alive!!!

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  321. Zibula   June 27, 2013 at 3:44 am

    this is not true, try this link if you want the truth: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23078373

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  322. Lynne Smith   June 27, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Now I pray that the family will stop squabbling and mourn the loss of a father, husband and grandfather, as the nation will mourn the loss of a truly amazing man!

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  323. thandi   June 27, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Watch SABC 1 or 3 @1 for the announcement

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  324. brooklyn   June 27, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I live in south africa and this has not been announced yet!

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  325. kurt   June 27, 2013 at 3:42 am

    He is not dead yet ! Surely Us as South Africans will know when it happens

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  326. Charmaine Rowlands   June 27, 2013 at 3:41 am

    this is SHOCKING!! Please show some respect for our beloved Madiba, for his family and for the people of South Africa!! Allow him to actually die before you announce it the world. Journalism at it’s worst. Shame on you!!

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  327. Gabriel   June 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

    You fill me with disgust. I will go out of my way to discourage people from reading your self-serving brand of fact-less journalism.

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  328. Bruce   June 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Filthy dogs! This is utterly disgusting! Show some feking respect for god sake! At least have the decency to wait for the official announcement.

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  329. Tessa   June 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I think this article is disgusting….. In reply to Davidwriter 21, its all so typical of the media!! Yes he gathered information from sources, clearly the WRONG sources, but instead of getting facts, he got a whole lot of hearsay, rumours, and BULL!! But thats what the media is all about SENSATIONALISM!!! Why do you think those vultures are camped out outside his house in JHB, Qunu has never seen so many visitors, all waiting to be the first to release the terrible terrible news! So instead of waiting for actual facts, they print what they think, so they can get their article on the front page!! DISGUSTING excuse for a human being!!!!!!!! Should all be ashamed of themselves!!!! I would like to publish an obituary for him and see how that feels!! Viva Tata viva!!!

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    • davidwriter21David   June 27, 2013 at 3:47 am

      Yes, thanks for reason well… Oh Micheal Smith would never think of writing about incorrect news again…. I feel for him as I read the responses, please you should all take it easy with him,,, he is a reporter..

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  330. Ive Cooper   June 27, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Since when did some one involved in murder and terrorism deserve such praise. The belief this man was a hero is a subjective one. And a objective search of the facts will show is soon to be genocidal legacy.

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    • Dan   June 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

      You’re an idiot.

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    • Thabo   June 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

      you are irrelevant at this point and moment in time…

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      • Tessa   June 27, 2013 at 3:47 am

        that old saying “if you have nothing nice to say….dont say it at all” applies here….

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    • Charmaine Rowlands   June 27, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Really? you’re going to bring this up now? Have the last 20 years not shown redemption? This is neither the time nor the place to bring this up. Show some respect!

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  331. Bunty Noordeen   June 27, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Rest in peace Sir

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  332. hrybr6eyjnery   June 27, 2013 at 3:30 am

    fgvyrtnhyjtyburuuryu

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  333. kmm   June 27, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Disgusting vultures, you have no respect for humanity or yourself if you can print this rubbish.

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  334. barbara rhodes   June 27, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Breaking news at 11-23am mandela is still in hospital although in a critical condition but stable

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  335. j. brooks spector   June 27, 2013 at 3:24 am

    errr… are you planning to change this story? now that he is undead?

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  336. davidwriter21David   June 27, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I wonder why people are talking from manner-less smattering. This Journalist has not done nothing wrong, he is in the position to report and not to speculates. The writer did not speculate, he has gathered a news as a Reporter. He would never be so stupid to write what he has not seen or heard, we all know that all reports cannot be factual. That is what that makes a reporter, he cannot fabricated this story.

    As a Nigerian, I was watching a news this morning regarding the health of Nelson Mandela, and the newscaster asked the South African Reporter reporting for the TV
    ‘what can you tell us about Mandela’s health? Is it alive or dead?”
    The reporter was not specific enough in his answer, he said Mandella’s health cannot be prescribed, although, he thinks he is alive.

    If the man has died, then I will be painful as I wish him rest in peace. If he is still alive, let all these rumours dead down by waking up again and waving for the camera on TV. We would all see Mandelas’ again, whether he dies or not, his good deeds are still here with Africans.

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  337. Chantal   June 27, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Nothing has been announced as of yet and I live in SA! The Gaurdian Express …. you should be ashamed of yourself for publishing this! Will I be a future reader of your paper….i think not!

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  338. Arthur G   June 27, 2013 at 3:18 am

    This level of irresponsible journalism should not go unpunished. Advertisers and readers alike should boycott this publication. Shame on you…Madiba is likely in his final hours, but that does not give you the right to disseminate false information Shame on you!

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  339. Eaine   June 27, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I would like to know where you got your info from? I live in Pretoria South Africa and NO announcement of his death has been made, we are all distressed and anxious as we know it is coming but as far as we, the Public of SA know, he is still with us although we dont believe for long

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  340. Mabilo   June 27, 2013 at 3:13 am

    He’s not dead? can we sue this journalist?

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    • Eaine   June 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

      This is absolutely disgusting, so sick of it when an article starts with “A reliable source”!!!

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  341. Rhi   June 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Absolutely disgusting the lengths some journalists go to in order to be the first to report “news” Ermmm he’s still alive!! Try looking at official media sources.

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  342. Bianca   June 27, 2013 at 3:09 am

    He’s still alive #checkyourfacts

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  343. magangane p   June 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

    please just let mandela have peace if its time for him to go he will go so we tired of u so called journalism disrespecting mandela life. just try ad find another story mani. Respect the man

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  344. CDE ZAC   June 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

    If its true MAY HIS DEAREST SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE

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  345. Deng Atem Kuol   June 27, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Dear Micheal
    Is this what it means to be a Journalist in the west. Madiba is not dead! otherwise if you have killed him yourself than please let us know. Of course he may but not in the manner you quoted and the time has not yet come. MADIBA RECOVER QUICKLY

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  346. Aluminati   June 27, 2013 at 3:01 am

    He died a few months back already, its all a conspiracy

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  347. okaka   June 27, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Very stupid article, what kind of journalism are you that you wished Mandela dead

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  348. juju   June 27, 2013 at 3:01 am

    There is no such a thing that a red blanket symbolises a family member has died. Michiel Smith don’t create your own story here about the Xhosa culture.

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  349. Laura Law   June 27, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Shoddy, senstionalist journalism at its worst. I am proudly South African.

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  350. Kagiso   June 27, 2013 at 2:59 am

    “It has been reported that the “red blanket” is part of a tribal ceremony of the Xhosa. According to Xhosa custom the blanket is used when a family member has died.” – WHAT XHOSA CUSTOM IS THIS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. SHE WAS JUST PROBABLY COLD, IT IS WINTER AFTER ALL IN SOUTH AFRICA.

    THE MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION BUT STILL ALIVE…STOP FEEDING PEOPLE LIES. HE WILL GO WHEN IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO GO.

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  351. thami ravuku   June 27, 2013 at 2:58 am

    he is still alive you guys must stop your nonesense! nxn!

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  352. Nelson Mandela   June 27, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I’m still alive, dont worry.

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  353. Clare Frost   June 27, 2013 at 2:51 am

    He is not dead – there was just an article released to say his family has been called to the hospital now urgently! Really – what kind of journalism is this where people fight over who gets the story!? This is a human being! Shameful!!

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  354. Cam   June 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

    My Hero – RIP NM

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  355. Grace Muyaya   June 27, 2013 at 2:44 am

    If i was God i would have let Madiba leave to shame those who have been speculating his death. If he is dead, RIP, if not hey GET wELL SOON TATA

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  356. pieter   June 27, 2013 at 2:44 am

    All you white libs makes me SO SICK!!! u are traitors in the highest degree!!!! Carry on with ur believe and see where it will bring u!

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  357. Akubuife   June 27, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I am a Nigerian and since I was borne I be hearing about Nelson Mandela and his good work, so in any condition he is now, I pray that the God who gave his those wisdom and blessings must surely visit him at his point of his need

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  358. Fred Ng'ang'a Ndungu   June 27, 2013 at 2:41 am

    it’s confusing…why can’t government or family just tell us the truth rather keep all of Africa and the world in the turmoil of anxiety? Death is inevitable and those who have lost parents, close relatives and friends who have been suffering in sickness know that, at times, death is the best rest and reprieve for the patient and family……God loves Mandela and his family and knows what he has accomplished on earth…his legacy shall live on and on and on……………………………….

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  359. Werner   June 27, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Nadal, please do not take this the wrong way. The purpose of this comment aimed at you is to voice my :opinion on what you said hoping that you might see the other side of the same coin … and my opinions on ge general subject.

    It is true that many innocent/uninformed africans died needlessly in the previous regeem( thus it was replaced by a new regeem and not a “non-discriminating” goverment as advertised … nobody can be blind enough not to see the open discrimination towards the afrikaner people).

    If we go back into the Afrikaner history and aplly the “this is payback” mentality towards the many farm attacks where (also innocent) people are tortured and killed needlessly I will hopefully expose the flawas in that way of thinking.

    During the first and second aglo boer war(where, by the way: “black” and “white” south africans waged war against the tyranny of the British Empire TOGETHER) the Afrikaner Had losses of close to 70% of their population(This deaths of countless women and children who died by the cruel hands of Brittish Soldiers in the concentration camps).

    Should we apply the same “Train of Thought” we would need to to take revenge on “them” for all the lives lost by the hands of their “ancestors”/previous generations. This way of thinking is primitive and have no place in the world. Especially the global Intellectual community. We need to guide those less fortunate than us(not blessed by the All Mighty with above normal intellegince)… not further fuel the fire of ignorance with thought and comments that stem from emotional turmiol … but rather aim to think of the ripple effect of the “stone” we are about to drop in the pond … will it be a well placed pebble that will bring harmony to the ripples or will it be a sand covered brick that will bring chaos to the pond … that is a choice each of us have to make … the choice to discipline our emotions that will in turn award us with a clear and focussed mind….

    In short the serve them right … they deserve this … this is payback … way of thinking do not belong in the world any more …

    My apologies for the many grammar and spelling mistakes I most surely made whilst writing this … I am a Afrikaner Man … and unforunately handicapped without a dictionary, when conversing in any language other than afrikaans.

    I close with stating that I do not have issues with any cultural group known to me … I am humand and also falter from time to time …

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  360. akua   June 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

    THE MAN IS NOT DEAD YOU TARANTULA REMOVE THIS SMDH YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

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  361. pieter   June 27, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Why is he stiill alive according to enews? Same old same old….covering up? Huh? Dont get it…

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  362. Shelley Röstlund (@shelleyrostlund)   June 27, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Michael – you are giving a bad name to good journalism. How about waiting for a proper confirmation before writing something like this. So – well done, you got the attention you waited…bad news is…the man who cries wolf…isn’t heard in future. Hope it was worth it.

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  363. Beatrix   June 27, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Michael Smth, you should be ashamed of yourself! I have just listened to the news and you are an opportunistic liar! The Guardian should remove this article if it has any integrity.

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  364. Vlatko Risteski   June 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Човек што остави големи идеи
    The man who left the big ideas

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  365. madelain fourie   June 27, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I would not believe this. Mandela family will not switch off the live support and if it is that this great man go to our Heavenly father he will be better of cause here on earth is no place for such a good and caring person

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  366. john   June 27, 2013 at 2:28 am

    May our granny rest in peace in as much as we would like him to live but maybe its time God wants him the most .He has run his race and so you an me has to run ours.What your contribution to the world be a hero what name are you taking to the grave NELSON FOR ME I CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE AND MAY I ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO FIRST MY NATION AND THE WORLD AT LARGE M.Y.S.R.I.E.P IN CHRIST JESUS AMEN……….AND AMEN.

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  367. XN   June 27, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Interesting to know that South Africa as a whole has not even been informed of this, yet you know. How special you are.

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    • LP   June 27, 2013 at 3:42 am

      Aw I love this, couldn’t have said it better.

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  368. Linton White   June 27, 2013 at 2:22 am

    As far as I am concerned, this is all unsubstantiated and a really pathetic attempt by Michael Smith to try and get a top story. It is a disgrace to the legacy of Madiba to release an article of this nature without a shred of evidence!

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  369. Goitse   June 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Hy is nog steeds ‘n groot man en ‘n jaar om te leef.

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  370. Werner   June 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

    This article is one of many “sensation” stirring pieces I have seen thus far. As far as I gather Madiba is in bad shape … but still verry much alive.

    As for the rest of the comments I have read… it is shamefull that something like this should be turned into a “online race/skin color issue”. Honestly, we should be past this by now.

    I’ll start by sating the following … Madiba’s hand are most definitely not clean, but that can be said of so many people … at the end het truly was a champion for peace. The state thing are in now is not due to his actions, but rather the actions of those who steered the country after he “stepped down”. I have the world of respect for Madiba for the mindset he attempted to impart onto his peers and followers. He did not succeed in this, but his intentions were pure.

    One of my biggest issues with the back-and-foth rascial banter I find here is the words “black” and “white”. Let us look at this logically for a moment… (the order of the words and the explenations that follow is in no way at all given in order of importance – or otherwise … for those of you looking for a flaw in my message)

    a)should you who are reading this call yourself “black”, put your hand against the screen and match the text color to your skin… you will find that you are not black … a more acurate description will be dark brown….

    b)should you who are reading this call yourself “white”, put your hand against the screen as well and match the text color to your skin… you will find that you are not white … a more acurate description will be light brown….

    So guess what ? We are ALL different shades of BROWN … mawl that over in your minds for a bit …

    yes we have great differances in a cultural sence … but the aim should not be acceptance …. but rather the understanding of what the various cultures find INSULTING and OFFENCIVE … there in lies the cause of most of our issues … there are a great many things that a ZULU(mereley for example purposes) will do out of courtecy to his fellow man that a Afrikaner(again, for exaple purposes only) would fine extremely offencive and vice versa… this is true between all cultures in this country. In understanding our differences we will be able to co-exist peasefully. At this stage most South Africans endure the (mostly) mis understood good intentions and this causes unnecessary racial tention between the different cultures in our beautifull country. This needs to stop.

    Nadal, please do not take this the wrong way. The purpose of this comment aimed at you is to voice my :opinion on what you said hoping that you might see the other side of the same coin … and my opinions on ge general subject.

    It is true that many innocent/uninformed africans died needlessly in the previous regeem( thus it was replaced by a new regeem and not a “non-discriminating” goverment as advertised … nobody can be blind enough not to see the open discrimination towards the afrikaner people).

    If we go back into the Afrikaner history and aplly the “this is payback” mentality towards the many farm attacks where (also innocent) people are tortured and killed needlessly I will hopefully expose the flawas in that way of thinking.

    During the first and second aglo boer war(where, by the way: “black” and “white” south africans waged war against the tyranny of the British Empire TOGETHER) the Afrikaner Had losses of close to 70% of their population(This deaths of countless women and children who died by the cruel hands of Brittish Soldiers in the concentration camps).

    Should we apply the same “Train of Thought” we would need to to take revenge on “them” for all the lives lost by the hands of their “ancestors”/previous generations. This way of thinking is primitive and have no place in the world. Especially the global Intellectual community. We need to guide those less fortunate than us(not blessed by the All Mighty with above normal intellegince)… not further fuel the fire of ignorance with thought and comments that stem from emotional turmiol … but rather aim to think of the ripple effect of the “stone” we are about to drop in the pond … will it be a well placed pebble that will bring harmony to the ripples or will it be a sand covered brick that will bring chaos to the pond … that is a choice each of us have to make … the choice to discipline our emotions that will in turn award us with a clear and focussed mind….

    My apologies for the many grammar and spelling mistakes I most surely made whilst writing this … I am a Afrikaner Man … and unforunately handicapped without a dictionary, when conversing in any language other than afrikaans.

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  371. Melissa   June 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

    What kind of wanker would publish something like this when it is not true. Surely the family can take legal action here!

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  372. Garth   June 27, 2013 at 2:18 am

    The poor man’s health issue is becoming a political playground here in South Africa. The lengths that this government will go to to keep us in the dark is ludicrous. That we have to hear it from a US publication instead of our own government is ridiculous. Unless of course this isn’t true…

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    • Tyler Vivier   June 27, 2013 at 2:24 am

      This article has no grounds of being Valid! Mandela is still alive but barely! This article is just looking for its 15 minutes and has jumped the gun. Our Government is being very tight lipped and that isn’t fair as we all deserve the truth. I won’t believe any articles published until it has actually happened. When it does happen I have a feeling many sites will crash because of the overwhelming amount of activity the sites will receive. When it happens we will all know and it wont be a US based publication that breaks the news.

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  373. Emmac   June 27, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Many African countries needs more pipo like Mandela. RIP, the world shall always remember and mis this great man.

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  374. Kimani Ngahu   June 27, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Whether dead or alive, Madiba’s name will remain engraved in the hearts of the living for as long as humanity exists. A FEAT NO OTHER WILL ACCOMPLISH IN OUR TIMES.

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  375. Moe Mega (@TsonoM)   June 27, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I can’t believe people who for him to get well. He is old and suffering, dead or alive we should deal with the inevitable and that is “Every soul shall taste death”.

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  376. JPgeorge   June 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Michael Smith u a f*cking idiot!

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  377. rennex bamusi - malawi   June 27, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Madiba was a HERO! he deserve to rest, he was abig man,may his soul rest in eternal peace

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  378. Maree Clarkson   June 27, 2013 at 2:02 am

    This is NOT true, Madiba critical but still alive – as at Thursday 27th June 2013 11.02am

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  379. Stephen   June 27, 2013 at 1:59 am

    He is still very much alive. All of us in South Africa wishes him a speedy recovery.

    This journalist should be fired for not checking facts. How does he have a job???

    To post something this serious about one of the most famous people in the world is just ridiculous! Something must be done!

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  380. braam   June 27, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Is dit waar wat mense se ek kann nie glo hy is dood nie

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  381. RorschachUK   June 27, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The author of this exploitatively dishonest article can be found on Twitter as @MikesFilmTalk.

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  382. Kamuzu   June 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Give us more info on Snowden since u r close..Whats really happening to him…..we will give Mandela update from here..

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  383. JT   June 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

    i dnt think Mandela is alive either, especially after etv’s news update lastnight. This could b true, watch an annoucement being made only whe Obama gets here or after his visit

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  384. tirelo c. seabo,   June 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

    People of South Africa, people all over the world, i plead with you to join me as we say goodbye to the icon, do not resist to let him go. He was a good man and he deserves to be respected. Dead or alive, may his Soul rest in Peace.

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  385. betty   June 27, 2013 at 1:53 am

    it feels really bad when people are in hard times and others are taking advantage of the whole scenario seeking cheap popularity. Shame on you and your editor.

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  386. Lize   June 27, 2013 at 1:53 am

    This is a lie!!! he is still alive!!!! From a South African!!! please make sure of the your facts!!!

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  387. RAIN SMITH   June 27, 2013 at 1:52 am

    CHEAP SHOT MICHAEL SMITH – anything to make more people read your column!!! disgusting!! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

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  388. christyabee   June 27, 2013 at 1:52 am

    This was published incorrectly and as a South African you should apologize. Your inconsiderate article is a disgrace.

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  389. lwandisa   June 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Red blanket associated with death? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…I’m Xhosa and I’ve never heard such a thing,get your facts straight!!!

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  390. Thamsanqa   June 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

    From a South African, THIS IS A LIE!!!

    ‘F’ off!!!

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  391. Lebogang Dikobe   June 27, 2013 at 1:45 am

    360 degrees Celsius of total desperation “of breaking news” that make this news agency to stoop low to a manner that it trample in other peoples constitutional right.

    This is despicably trash article in a true sense of journalism ethics, “Earlier today one of our writers, Laura Oneale, wrote an article questioning whether or not Nelson Mandela was still alive” now you report him dead even before the family and hospital confirm.

    What do we blame “lack of respect to others, recklessness, mischievousness, bad manners and inhumanly behavior.

    What a hogwash!

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  392. Ali   June 27, 2013 at 1:44 am

    What a Example of cheap journalism,he is still Alive,idiots spreading rumors about #Mandela’s Death,He is remain in serious but stable Condition.

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  393. reshma   June 27, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Michael Smith please get your facts in order!!! cheap journalism!!

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  394. Louise   June 27, 2013 at 1:38 am

    How unprofessional!!! Killing off someone just to get a few hits. Mr Mandela is not Dead yet. and posting articles saying so ahead of time to beat the traffic is disgusting.!!!

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  395. Ri Wired (@riwired)   June 27, 2013 at 1:38 am

    STOP SPREADING LIES!!!!!!!!!!

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  396. Angry South-African   June 27, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Mara….WTF….this person needs help if Mandela dies do u think ppl wont be told u and your cheap sources……NXA…….

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  397. Richard Obedi   June 27, 2013 at 1:33 am

    May His soul Rest in Eternal Peace! He perfectly executed his purposeful existence on earth!

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  398. mcKay   June 27, 2013 at 1:32 am

    By the way, I am Xhosa, and there is NO link between a red blanket and death in our tradition – NONE WHATSOEVER. In future, please verify things before you present them as facts.

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  399. tom   June 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Its disgusting and inhumain how this bloody british media can make a sort of “god”out of Mr.Mandela!!!!!!

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  400. Mayeso mphande   June 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

    He fought a good fight now he can rest after a wonderful time spent on earth

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  401. uTukutuku_uNunu (@shlangak)   June 27, 2013 at 1:30 am

    not true, a fibble of an article..!! Reliable source??? Bleh

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  402. breathalive   June 27, 2013 at 1:25 am

    This isn’t journalism… this is trash! Disrespectful bunch of vultures – and I say that with a journalistic background!!!

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  403. Nadal   June 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Idiot it’s “bhunu”. And how many innocent black people were murdered by racist white people? Your comment is despicable. This world doesn’t need people like you.

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    • Quandisha   June 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

      And how many innocent white people have been murdered by racist black people on their farms? Your comment is despicable. This world doesn’t need people like you.

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  404. Tshego Rapoo   June 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

    My sentiments exactly @Amanda Devine! Im sooo disappointed in them! #CheapJournalsim

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  405. geller9999   June 27, 2013 at 1:19 am

    If its found to be a false article, you can be sure the Mandela family will be taking legal action against this cheap publicity stunt!

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  406. anonymouskellyKe   June 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

    This artical is so badly written and is mere speculation. Shame on you!

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  407. Colette Rabe   June 27, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Hoekom weet niemand dat Madiba oorlede is nie?

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  408. marcia masina   June 27, 2013 at 1:16 am

    this is not true senifuna afe masinyane so niyahlanya

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  409. tashnilee   June 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

    He as done much for us but he add a good нєαят αη∂ he will always be remeberd rest in peace mandela

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  410. na   June 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Good riddance to the Bhulu-murdering terrorist. He is in a very warm place now.

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    • geller9999   June 27, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Hopefully you will right there with him.

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    • Realist   June 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

      hahaha 🙂 too true.. although he has done a lot of good to make up for being a terrorist.. but it’s necessary people remember what he truly was.. definitely no saint! everyone makes mistakes, he tried/succeeded in making up for it.
      RIP old man
      ANC must stop ‘pretending’ he’s alive for Obamas sake….america can go fly a kite..don’t need them here..always about the money…

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  411. Nicole   June 27, 2013 at 1:12 am

    THIS IS SICK.

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  412. Ross Brough   June 27, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I agree with the prevoius comment. You people need to learn some respect and stop centering ur lives around money and ur own personal gain, pathetic article.

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  413. Rayne   June 27, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Please make sure of your facts. We all know this is inevitable, but to be so eager to be first with breaking news only casts doubts on your credibility. Mr Mandela is not dead!!!

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  414. Liesl Gemmell   June 27, 2013 at 1:10 am

    A reliable source?! What reliable source? How about confirming first with the official spokesperson for the Mandela family? Or maybe even just a South African? This article is just bad form.

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  415. Michelle du Plessis   June 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

    you people really disgust me – no respect at all .. sick

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  416. Kagwima Ssempala Wakahora   June 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

    so you wish to be the fast to give ‘hot news’— that does not depict your intelligence but absolute stupidity…. you ought to avoid being a foolish rumour monger… and even if it were true, there are right channels… your intension is absolutely evil… and your heart knows that you have no good will or intension in this article.. I dispise you…

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  417. Bwambale Nelson   June 27, 2013 at 1:03 am

    R.I.P, we shall always use u as an example…

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  418. Anton DV   June 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Is this real or mere a hoax!!!

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  419. amin   June 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

    viva nelson

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  420. Malachi   June 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Cheap article…populist writer!

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  421. Thabo   June 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

    mxm

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  422. Mpati   June 27, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Its rily sadnenin to c wat money cn do to ppls mind, how to u publish sumones death if th family hasnt..? Has th hospital declared him dead alrdy..?is it so dt u cn b th first to publish dz rubbish..?? U kn wat in SA as blacks we respect our elders not only him him but we respct all our elderz…! Now u tel me hus devil..!nxaaaa lack of moralz nd respect..! Idiot

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  423. Amanda Devine   June 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

    This is DESPICABLE. How can you allow this report to go live without checking your facts? I will never read another word of your trash.

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  424. Lisa   June 27, 2013 at 12:53 am

    This so called Journalist is a disgrace to the human race. Utter garbage he is (the journalist)!

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  425. mudiwa   June 27, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Say what you may want to say, but God in due time God will reveal the truth, so until then I will rely on what the family says because after losing a parent no one will keep quiet.

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  426. Rom   June 27, 2013 at 12:49 am

    And you call yourself a journalist. #Disgrace

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  427. justin   June 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

    what about the rumors that there are going about a race war that’s going to happen
    ??

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  428. Marius Alex Annandale   June 27, 2013 at 12:36 am

    This is the biggest load of rubbish. How the hell do you people get away with this? your sick

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  429. JP   June 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Cheap shot. You should be ashamed.

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  430. RorschachUK   June 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This is not a real news site – the same rag claims mermaids are real and staring at the sun grants superpowers – but it’s still a complete disgrace for Twitter to promote this article as if it were real news, and a disgrace for the awful ‘Guardian Express’ to produce such cynical clickbait in the first place – telling blatant lies to sell advertising. This will not be forgotten the next time we see an article is from ‘guardianlv’ or ‘Michael Smith’.

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  431. Sakky Sekgothe   June 27, 2013 at 12:26 am

    YOU HAVE RUN YOUR RACE AND COMPLETED IT ,THE WHOLE WORLD WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND MAY YOUR SOUL SOUL REST REST IN PEACE .ROBALA KA KGOTSO TATA MANDELA .

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  432. Sakky Sekgothe   June 27, 2013 at 12:23 am

    May His Soul Rest In Peace .You have done a lot for the WORLD .ROBALA KA KGOTSO TATA .

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  433. Leslie   June 27, 2013 at 12:23 am

    And this???????????

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  434. anon   June 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

    disgusting and pathetic

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  435. Yasmin   June 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Disappointed in the Guardian. Publicity or no publicity this is trashy.

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    • allthingschristine   June 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

      It’s not the real Guardian UK. Just a silly Las Vegas rag.

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  436. Marshall   June 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    This is nonsense, Madiba is still very much alive….

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  437. Avra   June 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

    He had a full life. Whether he is alive or not, please leave him alone. He doesn’t even know everyone is fluffing around for sensation.

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  438. allthingschristine   June 27, 2013 at 12:16 am

    What kind of rag is this? It’s not the real Guardian. The poor man is still alive. You really are turning him into Morgan Freeman!

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  439. gaiagrafics (@gaiagrafics)   June 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Disgusting.. he is still alive. You wont have your glory as the first to report his death I’m afraid.

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  440. Dineo   June 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Mandela is still alive. Sorry to disappoint you!

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  441. James   June 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

    You wankers will print and say anything to sell papers. You should be ashamed !!!

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  442. Diseko   June 27, 2013 at 12:03 am

    This is cheap media coverage,as we speak our government and the family haven’t announced that.Mr Smith couldn’t you wait for that to be announced prior to you publishing this,this is pathetic.

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  443. su   June 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

    despicable morality! This sort of salacious false reporting about someones death is trash bag “journalism” – do put this out on someone as revered as Nelson Mandela puts you below the other gutter publications that purport to be news sites. Some respect.

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  444. luxolo. malindi   June 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    This confirms the irresponsible journalism which needs to be curtailed by media tribunal

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  445. Kim   June 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Maybe all of you must stop believing everything that South African news is telling you. Just because they say he is still alive is not necessarily the truth. This country is so corrupt and ridiculous, how can you still believe what they are telling you? For all we know is dead, they just keeping it quiet until Obama’s been here.

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    • SouthAfrican   June 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Yes, our country is corrupt, but you have a completely wrong view of how things work here. Obama pales in comparison to Mandela – he is not so important that we would delay such news just so he can come and smile and talk business. Secondly, we have some pretty thorough and inquisitive journalists. Finally, news this big would not be able to be kept under wraps. So who would you rather believe: this one website written by somebody the whole Atlantic ocean away, from a country where far too many people believe Africa is a country… or the roughly 40 million of us who are saying he is not dead, but on life support, and it is wrong to speculate or make up rumours until it is officially announced. An official announcement is befitting of a man like Mandela.

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  446. susan   June 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Mandela is african hero, so yu south africans take him like he belongs to yu only. Can yu plz take our feelings on board’ we hope yu respect him and let God take control. We are busy praying for him and yu are busy planning to end his life. Imagne if yu plan to kill yor own grand father. Can yu have the decency to explain how he got the desease coz we belive that his imprisonment has a hand in this. Even if yu ignore the root coz the very same people who are the root coz are turning around and saying let him die now. They don’t care. I want everybody to be patient ant wait upon the lord but root coz given its punishment. Robin island is the source’ long live madiba’. Botswana and zimbabwe I behind yu even if yor own nation is planning yor death’ amandla ngawethu!

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  447. Awens Dumuje Tutu   June 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    May D great Humanitarian,my Mento,Africa’s diva RIP.I miss u.

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    • Thandi   June 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Please don’t call Madiba a “diva”.

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  448. jenny   June 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    false!

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  449. .   June 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Yes my friends dad is ICU there and he said the same thing as your source, before ib read this article.

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  450. fred   June 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    you judging and mandela would not judge so stop swearing and everyone try to get along like mandela wants us to..

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  451. SouthAfrican   June 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    He’s not dead. When he dies, the South African President will probably make a statement on national television and that’s how the world will find out, not through some random website from some foreign country.

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  452. Gene Jacobs   June 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    If you read our comment immediately why havent you taken this down?? Everyone, but you apparently, knows it’s not true. Or you DO know and you’re just a piece of sh*t web site.

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  453. Ludwig Bouwer   June 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I hope the family sues you to pieces. This is a blatant lie.

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  454. Anjali   June 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    but what is truth actually, we all wish to know, he is not only a President of SA, now he is the world icon too….

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  455. Megan   June 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Clearly your lack of basic journalism (fact checking) budget must be under pressure; that or a desperate need for sensationalist journalism to increase some form of self absorbed publicity for your “page” / “paper” has prompted you to release an insensitive disgusting article. You should be ashamed of this, as a country (South Africa) we are in pain, anxious that this amazing leader, our “Tata” is in such ill health…. Ur article stating that Nelson Mandela is deade, is a complete insult to Nelson Mandela, his family, and the whole of South Africa! Shame on you! – I wonder how many of your other “news” articles are also based on a lack of fact?

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  456. JOAN   June 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    BLESSINGS… JOB WELL DONE… MAY HE REST- IN-PEACE, AMEN…

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  457. Eve   June 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    What amazes me is that this isn’t in the South African news – why???????

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  458. Tee   June 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    but he is still alive! get your facts straight

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  459. Margaret Santos   June 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    It doesn’t matter when or if he died. The man is 94. Just glad that I have lived in his lifetime and appreciate all he has done. If or when… RIP

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  460. Franchasca Sharron Harvey LovestheRedskins   June 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Why were they trying to put him in the grave sooner? This Man lived 94 years on this earth. He is respected. And he will be missed.

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    • Tonnya Marisse   June 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

      no one is trying to put him the grave sooner. the source for the article is protected but trusted enough that the paper felt it was worth publishing. smaller papers have to be quite certain about their articles, and decide whether a source can be trusted enough to not affect the credibility of the paper. the choice to print it was not done flippantly

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  461. AOJ   June 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/165685076944321/

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  462. Soso   June 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Thats stupid Mandela is not a communist for your info. and the story is pathetic.

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  463. Mimi   June 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    This is not the first time Mandela is said to be dead whn he is a live..so lets be patient for confirmation

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  464. PHATHU MASINDI   June 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    WHERE THE HELL YOU GOT THAT

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  465. Max Fuller   June 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    If this is a prank I really feel sorry for the person that posted this story. You should bow your head in shame and ask God for forgiveness.

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  466. Dr. D. L. Bryant-Kemp, Sr   June 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    His daughter’s tweet states he is NOT DEAD

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  467. Proudly South-African   June 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I find your article in bad taste. Surely the children of SA will be the first to know…..

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  468. George Roberts   June 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    God bless Nelson Mandella, Thank you for all you have given the world, Amen.

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  469. Jen   June 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    why are you spreading this Lie do you know something we dont?

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  470. lwandile   June 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Dead or alive, the man remains an icon.. He continues to be an influential leader..

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  471. shivani   June 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Absolutely irresponsible journalism. Shame.

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  472. Jacqui   June 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    We will miss you so much. I hope your legacy lives in your people for ever. Rest in peace in a place with no discrimination

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  473. Nunas   June 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Nelson Mandela has not yet been confirmed dead as his family does not believe in “pulling the plug”…

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  474. leane   June 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Until the South African Presidency confirms his death,your article can also be described as a “cruel attempt to fool the public”. Just saying.

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  475. petnzme   June 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    boooooooooo…you got that one wrong….he ain’t dead yet

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  476. Rishi sharma   June 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    May his soul rest in Peace.
    The world will a lesser place in his absence.

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  477. James J. Gormley   June 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Greetings….I see that all other news sources say that President Mandela is still alive……and some dispute your reliable source. Can you please confirm?

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  478. Bob Fairlane   June 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Rest in Piss, negro terrorist! They call you “humanitarian” as a sick joke. We know you are an anti-white warmonger and communist.

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    • De'Marcus Ibdul Jackson   June 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      You are a racist, disgusting fool.

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    • Mrs Fairlane likes black men   June 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      and that makes him a great man cause he would have killed you and nobody else. Cracka

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    • Ron   June 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      You are morally depraved. And probably mentally ill.

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  479. Maria   June 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    OH NO, THATS SO SAD! HE WAS AMAZING. REST IN PEACE, MANDELA :'(

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  480. Dena Brown   June 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    It’s Nobel, not Noble.

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  481. shame   June 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    SHAME ON YOU FOR THIS HOAX

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  482. Reality   June 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Ways to get bs traffic: Name your site after a respected newspaper, The Guardian, including using a logo font that’s very close to theirs. Create another site called the New Yorker Times (hmmm). Publish a story citing “a reliable source” and “authorities” that somehow no journalists, including those actually in the country where this is happening, happen to have. Tweet it often. Have no shame. Well done!

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  483. [email protected]   June 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Mandela was not a communist. You lying. While I respect the rights of communist, this is a misrepresentation to the world icon.

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  484. eduengler   June 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Madiba,
    que Deus reconheça sua força e te leve sem dor.

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  485. nzinga   June 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Unnamed sources as verification for a story of this magnitude. Incredible

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  486. El REMINGTON de DURANGO***   June 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Mi mas sentido pesame por el DECESO de tan GRAN POLITICO,…Considero que –SOLO los INGRATOS BEBEN en las AGUAS del olvido– LUCHO Vs el APARTHEID,…Saco a sudafrica de la DESIGUALDAD, NUNCA se enrriquecio ni busco los REFLECTORES,..es una VELITA que se apago,…DISCULPAS por los encarcelamientos que sufrio sin MERECERLO,..se va un G R A N D E, e inolvidable AUTENTICO LUCHADOR SOCIAL, aguerrido*

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  487. Bryce Rumbles   June 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    So is the “Guardian Express” kinda like The Patch online make-it-up-as-you-go-along network of “newspapers”?

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  488. For Hire   June 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I am I Freelance Writer, Editor and Journalist for hire if you want skill that wont misspell NOBEL (Peace) Prize Twice and have editors that completely miss the error… twice.

    Email me

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    • Not For Hire   June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      *I am a
      *won’t

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  489. KAC4YM   June 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t get it. Mandela was a communist … I don’t wish for anyone’s death, but he was just a communist. Big deal. Let’s focus on a person who did some good in the world.

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    • neopanther   June 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Watch it devil

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    • dallan007   June 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      He could have started a war that would have torn the country apart. Instead he told his followers to throw their weapons into the sea. If that’s communism then we need more of it.

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  490. Julie   June 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Shameless attempt to bring traffic to your stupid website. You guys should feel bad.

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  491. Stuart   June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Regardless of whether this is true or not, your credibility as a reporter is brought into question when you misspell “Nobel” and “Las Vegas”, but even more so when you simply reference your colleague’s articles and attempt to build an article from several unconfirmed, nameless sources, covering your tracks with “it has been confirmed”. This is incredibly poor ‘reporting’. Not only is it disingenuous, it is irresponsible, given the weight of the situation. Do you really expect us to believe you are the first to break such news? I would strongly urge the Guardian Express to review its gatekeeping and ethics policies. Pathetic.

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  492. becca   June 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    This is why we still need editors.

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  493. Ron Van Middendorp   June 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Noble? wining? Whether Mr. Mandela is dead or alive, it is obvious that both journalism and the art of writing did not survive.

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  494. Joeph Stalin   June 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    What was your news source. I have reading nothing concerning Nelson Mandela is dead, only on life support from the major presses such as BBC, Aljeezra.

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  495. Lora R Fisher   June 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Is this true, or not?

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  496. Janice Falkner   June 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I am so sorry to the Family of this Great Warrior and Humanitarian !!!! He was A True Hero to me for my whole life!!! RIP SIR,,,,, You Deserve It!!!!!

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  497. LR   June 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    “Rumours have flooded the newspapers and the internet with several sources reporting his death days earlier in a cruel attempt to fool the public and to upset the many people who have respect for this great humanitarian.” I love the smell of irony in the morning…

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  498. Molet   June 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    So SAn authorities secretly confirmed Madiba’s death to you foreign press? Lol, fool.

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  499. Janice Falkner   June 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    My love and prayers go out to the Family of this Great Warrior!!! He was indeed one of MY all time Most Respected Heros!!! Love and Peace to All Concerned!!!!!

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  500. Tiago   June 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Este foi guerreiro, descanse em paz !!

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  501. Idiots   June 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    He is still alive as of right now, what kind of reporting is this?

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  502. Dutch   June 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    He will stay alive in my mind until I die. One of the truly remarkable people!

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  503. Nobel Prize   June 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    If you’re going to bother with a fake story to try and get some attention, you might want to get the basics right, like “Nobel” prize… no one’s going to take you seriously if you can’t get the name right for one of the most recognised awards on the planet.

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  504. James   June 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    He wasn’t dead when this was published, but he just went. RIP Mandela.

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  505. Brenda Salgado   June 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Not true.He is still alive. In critical condition, but alive.

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  506. Teepee12   June 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    ???

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  507. Carlo   June 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    This is not true…..Stop it stupid

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  508. Gary Crocker   June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    REMOVE MY EMAIL FROM YOUR ADDRESS BOOK, PLEASE!!!

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  509. ivyqov   June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Seriously? Do not pre-publish. Madiba is still alive.

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