Mandela Legacy Betrayed by Family and Country

A South African Trilogy: Part III - Why Mandela Has Not Been Allowed to Die

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Nelson Mandela, Madiba; the Father of the Nation; the revered icon who, after almost three decades in prison, emerged to lead his nation out of the darkness of Apartheid and into the light of democracy, freedom and reconciliation. That great legacy, however, has been betrayed by his family and by those who now lead his country; men and women who owe their success, their wealth, their very positions to him.

Nelson Mandela is gone. He is no longer with us. His family is cruelly keeping him artificially “alive” on machines that perform breathing and some organ function for him, but he has no brain activity. He is dead. His children and President Zuma are waging a battle against three men who Mandela entrusted as executors of his estate. Mandela is being kept “alive” so that his greedy children in collusion with President Zuma can get their hands on his millions.

Despite this, there are many people who believe Mandela is still alive. In fact, the South African government, via its governmental-run newspapers, is harassing our reporter, Laura O’Neal, because she was the only person brave enough to tell the truth.

Laura ONeal, informed us she received a text message on June 24th claiming “Madiba died last night and his family refused to turn off life support.” She received that text message from a reporter who works at the SABC. The reporter’s text meant that Mandela was declared brain-dead, but that his family refused to turn off the respirator even though doctors told them they should. Brain death is considered legal death in most countries, including South Africa.

The SABC source was informed of Mandela’s passing by government officials, who also informed the SABC to suppress the story. It is important to keep in mind that the SABC is, in fact, a government agency and as such, what it reports is directly dictated by the government.

Two days after we broke the story of Mandela’s death, on June 26th, David Smith, lawyer for the Mandela children, went to court and told a judge that Mandela was in a “permanent vegetative state” and that doctors had advised the family to switch off the life support machines. That court appearance was made for the purpose of determining who would bury Nelson Mandela and to settle a dispute over moving the remains of Mandela’s previously deceased children.

In early July, Nelson Mandela’s official sanctioned biographer, Charlene Smith, told reporters “He’s basically gone. He’s not there. He’s not there.” She was speaking of his condition to newspapers and reiterating the fact that he was declared brain-dead.

In August, the Las Vegas Guardian Express obtained an audio file of two government officials speaking about Mandela. Part of that audio recording was included in part II of our South African Trilogy. One of officials can be clearly heard saying. “He was declared brain dead with total organ failure…This is from one of the top doctors at the hospital.” On that same audio tape, the official states that Mandela’s family is keeping him “alive” to settle his estate, worth 127 million African Rand. After all, a dead man can’t be sued.

To understand why Zuma and the Mandela descendants would insist on keeping this great man hooked up to life support for nearly four months after he was declared brain-dead, we first have to understand the depth of the relationship between Mandela and Zuma and explore the extreme greed of the Mandela children.

Mandela and Zuma have a long and abiding history; they’ve been friends for over 50 years. At Robben Island, they suffered together as prisoners after meeting for the first time during the early days of the fight against apartheid. Their friendship has spanned decades and their lives have always been intertwined. But while Mandela is viewed as a great humanitarian, the father of South Africa and the deliverer of freedom from apartheid, Jacob Zuma is a man who has been consistently embroiled in legal battles over fraud, racketeering, corruption and even rape.

His own morals have been questioned by South Africans, for he is a polygamist who is currently married to four women who he supports with state funds. He has 20 children with at least six women and probable other children with an undetermined number of women. Despite his liberal views on matrimony, he is a vehement homophobe who calls homosexuality “a disgrace to the nation and to God.” He also advocates violence against homosexuals, saying that if he ever saw a gay man he would “knock him out.”

Whereas Nelson Mandela is viewed as kind, loving, brave and upstanding, Zuma is viewed as corrupt, hypocritical, immoral and greedy. The two men’s life outlooks could not seem more divergent, and yet, they are forever linked. Like a parent welcoming back a prodigal son, Mandela has always looked out for Jacob Zuma. According to the New York Times, In June of 2005, Nelson Mandela gave Zuma a check for 1 million South African rand because Zuma was bankrupt.

At that time, William Gumede, who wrote Battle for the soul of the ANC stated, “Mandela said he was very worried about corruption and money being taken from dodgy people. The ANC was meant to be a morally upstanding party. I think Zuma is one of the people he was thinking of.” Gumede was referencing Zuma’s embroilment in corruption; Zuma’s took money that had been obtained by fraudulent means. Because of the scandal, he was forced to step down from his then-position as Deputy President of South Africa. It is clear that Zuma has always relied on Mandela for money, but in addition to financial concerns, South Africa’s elections will take place next year, and the correctly timed death of Mandela could win Zuma the sympathy of the nation.

It’s not only Nelson Mandela and Zuma who are bonded together; the entire Mandela family and Zuma are inextricably linked. In fact, in May, Mandela’s daughters began suing for control of Mandela’s estate and trying to remove his three trusted executors who had previously denied the Mandela daughters control of their father’s money. Zuma fired one of those advisors, Tokyo Sexwale, in July amid the court battle over Mandela’s fortune. Obviously, Zuma is in the daughters’ corner when it comes to Mandela’s estate being immediately given out to them instead of being preserved and stretched out over generations as Mandela wished.

It has been widely reported that Mandela did not want his children to have control of his estate, saying they would recklessly spend the money instead of using it to continue his legacy over generations.

According to the UK Telegraph, a friend of Mandela stated “It was not meant as a general pot but for specific circumstances. He did not want them to be in need but he also wanted them to further their education and carve out their own careers.” Another friend stated, “I think he was aware that members of his family might have been trying to get this, maybe they felt entitled. No, he didn’t trust them. He foresaw disputes over the money.”

Now, as Mandela lies unresponsive at his home, tethered to machines that are keeping him artificially “alive,” It is abundantly clear that his children have no intention of letting their father die peacefully until his own predictions about their obsessive greed come true. Jacob Zuma is colluding with them and there are 127 million South African rand at stake. For the sake of personal enrichment, Mandela’s legacy is being betrayed by the country’s leaders and Mandela family members.

As the court case drags on, Mandela is forced to lie helpless, with no dignity, while his children and Zuma battle the three executors for control of the Mandela fortune. Nelson Mandela, who always fought for others’ freedom, is rewarded only with imprisonment once again.

Exclusive audio obtained by the Las Vegas Guardian Express – some of which was published in the previous installment of the South African Trilogy – reveals that many in South Africa are concerned about a looming wave of chaos, xenophobia and, perhaps, even genocide that might sweep the country in the near future and has been planned for some time. The two individuals conversing in this recorded telephone conversation, whose identities must remain anonymous in the interests of their own safety, are both close to developing events and are personally preparing for the worst. According to what is revealed in this exchange, an orchestrated campaign to drive African immigrants out of South Africa is intended to precede a campaign of violence against the minority white population. It should be noted that one of the individuals discussing this acknowledges that these events were intended to have begun already and the reason for their delay is not clear. Perhaps, however, that has much to do with the delay in announcing Mandela’s passing. This recorded conversation will be published within days.

Adding credence to the fears of widespread violence are the visual clues in and around the city of Johannesburg, where – it is alleged – the trouble will begin. Police vehicles are seen constantly parked at gas stations; tires are piled in certain locations – tires are possibly significant in two ways: They can be used as temporary barricades but also they are reminders of a gruesome practice that has been used in various parts of Africa; the ‘necklace’ is the tire that is placed around a person’s neck or body and then set alight.

How widespread the fear of unrest is or, indeed, how likely it is that such a disaster will befall South Africa remain matters for speculation; the rumors and concerns, however, are all too real.

Although now discharged from the Pretoria hospital to which he was admitted on June 8, Nelson Mandela is no more alive than he was three months ago. The deception that continues would be laughable, were it not so cruel and tragic. Against all odds and medical realities, this man has, supposedly, been in “critical but stable” condition for a period of time that would represent a miracle of science.

Mandela’s medical team had previously acknowledged that he had suffered total organ failure and was rendered brain-dead. Documents submitted to the courts bear this out. Having attempted to preserve the charade that the former leader remained alive, stable and somewhat responsive, the discharging of Mandela from the hospital was, undoubtedly, orchestrated to add credibility to an increasingly unlikely scenario. Further evidence of an ongoing cover-up is the recent release of video that allegedly shows Mandela seemingly awake, alert and functioning. Published on You Tube on September 12 is a video of President Zuma visiting a frail-looking, but alert, Mandela. The posting – by India’s NRTvnews – is titled NRT First video of Nelson Mandela since hospital release. This is deceptive as, although the footage did indeed show him for the first time since his release from hospital, it was shot in April following the elder statesman’s discharge from a ten-day spell of receiving treatment for the same recurring lung infection that put him back in hospital in early June.

Also released by Ugandan TV station WBS at the end of August was a report on Mandela’s recent discharge and return to his home. The footage includes old clips of Mandela having dinner, surrounded by family members, as if it was recently shot. ABC news also engaged in a similar deception; reporting Mandela’s release whilst showing photographs of him that were taken prior to his recent stay in hospital. In all fairness to both WBS and ABC, both media outlets did make it clear their has been no verifiable update on Mandela’s health for some time. Their reporting, however, can easily be misinterpreted as showing that Madiba is now out of hospital and recovering nicely.

It is this widespread but very obvious deception – sustained by the South African government, the Mandela family and also by the South African and international media – that continues to convince so many that the anti-Apartheid icon continues to live.

Mandela’s legacy – the one he intended to leave behind – has been betrayed by family members he clearly distrusted, who now squabble over his fortune and by a government so riddled with corruption that many South Africans have simply come to accept it as norm. South Africa’s potential is truly enormous; its staggering beauty, cultural diversity, strategic location and natural resources make it the jewel of Africa and, arguably, of the entire southern hemisphere. The South African people – and the world – can only hope that its leaders will not tear it apart, in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death.

An Editorial by Rebecca Savastio & Graham J Noble; Investigative Contributors: Laura Oneale, Michael Smith & Landi Bezuidenhout

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46 Responses to "Mandela Legacy Betrayed by Family and Country"

  1. Lydia (Disgruntled Soith African)   January 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Hello Rebecca,

    PLEASE NOTE MY CORRECT LINK BELOW OF YOUR ARTICLE IN REFERENCE TO MY E MAIL SENT TO YOU EARLIER:

    Given your very busy schedule of compiling more blockbuster stories as you stated, I want to apologize for “wasting” your VERY IMPORTANT TIME with what you call many ranting diatribes from me, under your story:
    Title: Mandela Legacy Betrayed by Family and Country

    http://www.google.com/url?q=http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/mandela-legacy-betrayed-by-family-and-country/&sa=U&ei=EVXUUs2gN-qW0AXWvIGYAw&ved=0CAsQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNEna7ZIAYmi46MYVMRmSuSfE66xyA

    I am actually taking you up on the contents of your e mail you sent to me, that you do not impose censorship of any of your reader’s comments to your articles. As unimportant as you may think I am to your world, I think you will respect as a “credible” Media House, the fact that we have a right as readers to respond to your articles, especially if we feel they are slanderous.

    Like any sensible human being would do, per advice received here in South Africa, I have been told to post ALL e mails exchanged between me and you on your blog of comments, by series of dates and times.

    I find it very CURIOUS & SUSPICIOUS that my original comments and pieces of other e mails I have tried to post, have been rejected by your server with error reports showing on our side, except for your e mail sent to me on the 15th January 2014 @22:47, which successfully posted on your blog on the 17th January 2014 @3;39pm. This now appears as a letter out of no where, MAKING ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE WHATSOVER TO YOUR READERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    I am sure you will agree that this is a matter that we, in South Africa, VIEW VERY SERIOUS, even though you rubbish our stance based on your outbursts. Rebecca, I am sure as a seasoned journalist and a Media House that views itself as credible with your “unique image you state you have above the rest of your peers”, YOU SHOULD AGREE WITH ME THAT READERS ALL OVER THE WORLD DESERVE BETTER ABOUT THIS STORY.

    Kindly advise if someone screening comments as they are placed, may perhaps be intentionally blocking postings that “you may not like”. I am trying to post in sequence of all the correspondence we have exchanged, so that your readers all over the world can understand the cause and source of your outburst in the SINGLE & ONLY POSTING that your server did not give us an error report to reject.

    I am sorry, I MAY BE A NOBODY TO YOU, BUT THE WORLD DESERVES TO KNOW BETTER. There will be no point in us distributing all the correspondence for publication by other platforms when the source of the story has been your Media House.

    Respectfully & Sincerely
    Lydia
    (Disgruntled South African)

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  2. Lydia (Disgruntled South African)   January 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    15 January 2014 @22:47 (South Africa time)
     
    Hello,
     
    I don’t know who this email was intended for, but it arrived in my inbox, and the claims in it are false. We do not “deactivate” comments, as evidenced by the hundreds upon hundreds of comments under many of our stories, from readers who enjoy hearing themselves blather on and on. Readers often have negative things to say because they’re bullies who like to hear themselves talk, and in this day and age, everyone thinks their comments are very important, and that each and every gem of wisdom that falls from their mouths deserves to be heard, whether it has any merit or not.
     
    If we were “deactivating” and removing comments then there would not be a huge amount of comments just like the one below, which, again, offers absolutely no new information, no documents, pictures, eyewitness statements, or anything useful to add to the conversation. 
     
    Your comments do not “make us uncomfortable” in the least. In fact, you’re placing far more importance on yourself than actually exists. We really don’t have time to discuss or even to think about readers such as yourself. We’re far too busy uncovering more blockbuster stories that no one else has the spine to tell.
     
    Feel free to leave as many ranting diatribes as you want under our stories. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Savastio
    Senior Managing Editor
    Guardian Liberty Voice

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  3. ashil   December 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    (@Adrian Arendse)

    How many times ignorant people like yourself will hold onto the false belief that Mandela was responsible for the bombings and attacks? Do you honestly believe he commanded these affairs from prison and that the Apartheid regime didn’t have full control over all his communications? You need to get your facts straight before you place blame on someone. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were quick to condemn Mandela when it suited them, yet they were fully supportive of the Apartheid regime until they had no choice but to support Mandela being freed from prison in order that the entire country not be destroyed and more importantly, their economic interests not to be harmed. The Western governments are always hypocrites playing to the tune of their own corporate self-interest – only a fool such as yourself will actually believe, support and quote what they say as valid. And Mandela wasn’t appointed by FW de Klerk you fool! – he was rightly elected in a democratic process, the very process which you and your ignorant kind of the past had denied the people of this land because you believed that this land belonged to you only, that somehow you were more special than every other race and that you were entitled to deny the God-given rights of others.

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  4. so   December 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    mensonges, intérêts, cupidité, avidité , depuis juin il serait maintenu en vie avec un foie qui ne fonctionne plus ? les hommes n’ont pas fini de s’entre tuer ! à quand la paix, à manger , un “toit”, et des soins pour tous. Pauvres peuples pauvre terre !

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  5. Anne Cheryl Clarke (@Annecheryl)   November 12, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Adrian Arendse sounds like an old fashioned white South African racist! I know what they sound like because I grew up there and later worked in their schools.

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  6. Michael   November 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Thats why I left to Malta, too much corruption. http://www.move2malta.com

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  7. SHARON   November 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

    a great man but sad that the family are at logger heads over money .Our country enconomy is falling apart .

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  8. nick   November 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I choose to remember SA as it was when I left in 2002. A beautiful rainbow nation with a world of opportunity within it’s grasp. It was not my choice to leave but I have been working for ten years with the aim to come back and rekindle my childhood memories by raising my own family there. I’m too sad to be angry. ANC what have you done. You have ruined the 8th wonder of the world that showed how human beings can forgive and live in beautiful harmony. You killed the dream. RIP our beloved father, I’m glad you left before they broke your heart any more.

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  9. Rebecca Savastio   November 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    @Todd Ryan: I wasn’t asking you. I was asking Charlene if she is trying to imply that Nelson Mandela is not, indeed, brain dead/in a persistent vegetative state. Because yes, Todd, that is what it SEEMS she is implying by saying “I never said he was brain dead.” But she DID say “he is basically GONE.” When a person is GONE that means they are no longer with us, does it not? It’s amazing the back pedaling and semantic game-playing ANC apologists do to cover up all of the crazy lies and propaganda set forth by this family and government. How dare you question my comprehension skills because you don’t like the editorial? Ad hominem attacks tend to signal a very weak mind.

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    • James Speirs   November 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Irony International has nominated you for an award for the following post: “ad hominem attacks tend to signal a very weak mind”

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  10. Keith   November 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Substantiate your claims. “Audio” from people who must remain “anonymous for their own safety” is hardly verifiable and therefore not credible. I could record similar in 5 minutes on this phone.

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    • Graham Noble   November 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Yeah, sure…I’m going to publish these peoples’ name to make you happy. Your comment is asinine and a waste of everyone’s time.

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  11. Mila   November 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

    This is so bizarre .. reminds me of the comedy “Weekend at Bernies”

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  12. Ernst   November 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

    “Mandela Legacy Betrayed by Family and Country” is a misleading statement putting all the citizens in a bad light. The accurate statement should be: “Mandela Legacy Betrayed by Family and the ANC government” We are in crises even worse than apartheid and things are rapidly turning into a civil war. The ANC has branded the white minority as racists, silencing all “non-blacks” to speak out. The rest of the world is looking on with their arms folded. There is no hope for peace in South Africa whilst the ANC continues to promote violence against whites, homosexuals and xenophobia.

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    • Graham Noble   November 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

      I do agree with your point about the article title. I admit to using poetic license: Your suggested title does not have the same ring to it, but is, indeed, more accurate.

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  13. Robbie   November 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

    RIP peace Madeba .

    The End of a great Man

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  14. Marcelle   November 5, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I have read all of the comments so far, along with the article, and I have but two comments.
    1. 127 million rand, is not all that much money, if you consider President Zuma’s recent security upgrades of over 200 milliion.
    2. I highly doubt that Graca Machel would keep Nelson Mandela on life support, simply because of some money disputes. Every Mandela is a very wealthy person, and as much as I enjoyed the article, I just don’t know if everyone is really conspiring against him to get their hands on his cash.

    It makes me so sad to hear some of the very racial comments above, I really wish that all of you with the unexplainable amount of hate in your hearts can learn to love again. We focus so much on being right, and proving a point, that we miss what life is really about, and that is love.

    The writer is truly talented, I enjoyed the article.

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  15. Sonia Keil   November 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

    The truth is out .. So it should be .. The saddest part of this, is not only his death, but what is happening around him, he was the only positive soul, that was, could have changed this beautiful country South Africa .. What dies it say about, us, as so-called human Beings .. When there is Good, why do we contaminate it with greed …. May he rest in peace, as he so rightly deserves …

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  16. Michael Wynne   November 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    It is my opinion that the ANC are waiting for the upcoming elections to come in 2014. Just before the elections start the will say that he has died in order to get more votes out of sympathy from South Africans.

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  17. lionel mills   November 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I agree with the comment regarding Graca Machel she will never allow this to happen never in a hundred yesrs so I think its a lot of bs some journalist looking for attention and speculation. Remember speculations can cause war

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  18. Elizabeth Du Rand   November 4, 2013 at 1:35 am

    All I know is that I was his wife, I would order that the machines be switched off. In fact I think I would do is myself and face the consequences.

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  19. ToddRyan   November 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    No Rebecca Savastio that is not what Charlene Smith is telling you!!! What she is telling you is “I am Charlene Smith and I never said he was brain dead at all, I was referring to the fact that he has dementia and has had it for at least two years now. It’s a far cry from being brain dead.” Your response to Charlene is ridiculous and it reflects poorly on your character and doesn’t say much for your comprehensive skills as you have failed to understand what she is saying – that dementia is a far cry from being brain dead. Or, maybe your response is a guilty outburst in anger for having your credibility, and the credibility of this article, being undermined by one of your “proofs” calling you out on misquoting her. Charlene’s comment makes it clear that she was not referring to Nelson Mandela being brain dead as you wrote; “In early July, Nelson Mandela’s official sanctioned biographer, Charlene Smith, told reporters “He’s basically gone. He’s not there. He’s not there.” She was speaking of his condition to newspapers and reiterating the fact that he was declared brain-dead.” This is an erroneous conclusion on your behalf or a deliberate obfuscation. The manner in which you have responded to Charlene’s comment tells me this article is a load of BS, although there might be some truth to parts of it, and that you and the other writers and investigators are not credible but just out to make a buck through sensationalism.

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  20. Rebecca Savastio   November 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    So Charlene, are you telling us that a 95 year old man can remain on life support/respirator for over five months and still have brain function? And you’re also telling us that the text message we received stating he died, the court papers stating he was in a permanent vegetative state, the government official stating he was declared brain dead in June… all of these people are wrong/lying? Really?

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  21. Charlene Smith (@AfricanJade)   November 3, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I am Charlene Smith and I never said he was brain dead at all, I was referring to the fact that he has dementia and has had it for at least two years now. It’s a far cry from being brain dead.

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  22. Sharmain van rensburg   November 3, 2013 at 3:03 am

    How sad some of the above comments are, the absolute heartbreak for me if that once again we have put Mandela in prison, he is not even allowed to die in peace! What a nation and may God have mercy on all of us!!!!!

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  23. Matt   November 3, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Graham & Rebecca, how do you know that the video footage in sources three and four was shot in April? Was it released at that time? Your article was excellent, although it still left me a little skeptical over whether Mandela is indeed being kept artificially alive for the financial and political benefit of others. I think that this is may be because I feel it is such a huge accusation to make of the family and friends of a dying man without presenting really clear and concrete evidence to substantiate that claim. If this is indeed the case, it would go a long way to reinforce my current dissatisfaction with our president, but because I am already predisposed to see him in a negative light, and because I am also very removed from Mandela’s current situation and relationship with Zuma, I recognize the need for me to reserve judgement until indisputable evidence is presented. If you are aware of even more evidence than you have presented in this article, it would be wonderful if you could point me in that direction. Thank you for your investigative work!

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    • Graham Noble   November 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Matt,

      If you look at the video cited in sources three and four and then search the internet for photos of Zuma with Mandela, you will find photos of the two that were, without question, taken on the same occasion at which the videos were shot (Same clothes, same furniture, same blanket on Mandela, same lighting etc). You will see beyond doubt that these photos are practically still images from the same video.

      Now look at the dates those photos were published!

      Graham

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      • Matt   November 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        Fantastic, this is exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks Graham!

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        • Graham Noble   November 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          You’re welcome.

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  24. Jane Oyogo   October 19, 2013 at 6:55 am

    A very story!

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  25. vanessa   October 14, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi Adrian ArendseI agree with you 100% Mandela brought about freedom and most of the black comunity has taken it to another level.I have never seen so much of murder housebreaking rape and so on on.Before this so called freedom our country was fine we did not have so many jobless people around.I know that Nelson Mandela has done nothing for me.I do agree that if he is dead he should be left to rest and the family must do the right thing.Our country has become worse after that freedom day.

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  26. Anonymous   October 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    so sad

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  27. Varinia.   October 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What I don’t understand is why his wife would allow this deceit. She is supposed to be an honourable woman.

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    • Graham Noble   October 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      A very good question. If I were to take an educated guess as to why she does not speak out against what has happened, I would use words such as “fear”, “intimidation” and “threats”.

      That is, however, mere speculation on my part.

      Graham

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      • Al   November 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

        Although I do not know Graca Machel personally, every indication I have received – and even a casual review of her life will show that she doesn’t seem to have a scared bone in her body.She is gracious by name and by nature but made of steel – and a woman of the highest integrity. You are not describing the woman that impressed Nelson Mandela to the point of adoration! There is much in your article this obviously possible but I remain unconvinced simply because of Graca Machel.

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  28. O Raps   October 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I am extremely puzzled by how a human being can be so inhumane to another simply because of fortunes and greed.This country and its citizens deserve to have a fair share of development and success as a young democratic state however I think the believers especially the christians is time for you all to go back to God on behalf of our beautiful nation that is now in the gruesome hands of the unbelievers who seeks to kill,cheat and to destroy.

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  29. Alexis Bellingan   October 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Mandela should be allowed to die with dignity and I agree with the whole article EXCEPT for the parts that conjure up images or civil war and genocide! I live in this country – in Johannesburg in fact and it makes me so sad that people have to stoop to such low levels to sell newspapers! Really STOP this old flanning the flames and try to be positive abou this country. We are the ones who elected to stay – not because we couldn’t but because we wanted to make a difference and chose not to run!!!!!!

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    • Andries du Plessis   October 11, 2013 at 1:46 am

      “…EXCEPT for the parts that conjure up images or civil war and genocide…”
      Remember those words when the horde of the unclean savages comes running towards you with machetes in their hands and murder in their hearts….

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    • Gloria   November 4, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Well said Alexis Bellingan

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  30. Lee Thompson   October 3, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Nobody should have the power to allow this to happen – to anybody

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  31. Teresa Pepler   October 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I can think of no other time when it has been more important to consider the needs of the human soul. Mandela’s soul needs rest.

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  32. Natasha-Jade   October 1, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Typo: SABC. The SBAC

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  33. Denise du Plessis   September 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Why does the law courts concerned not step in and have the machines switched off so that Madiba may die with dignity. Is this too much to ask or are they all afraid of Zuma and the family?

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  34. Adrian Arendse   September 30, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Dear Sonja, Jean and the rest of the world. Firstly, Mandela was a terrorist which was rejecte by Ronald Reagen and Margeret Thatcher, both presidents of America and Engeland. He was the leader of the anc terrorist organisation. He got many black and white people killed with bomb attacks., which he approved. He was NOT such a great man, as a matter of fact he was appointed by the former president of South Africa, F W de Klerk. De Klerk recieved $7 mil from America to set Mandela free, making him (Mandela) president of this country. Now his family prey on his proposed estate. Unfotunatly the black community in this county is money sick. They will kill for a mere Dollar, the reason since Mandela and the anc took over this country, the entire economy fell apart. Joblessness has increased with 60%, crime has increased with 80%, murders were before 1994 approxamatly 170 per annum. After 1994 to present it has increased to approximatly 32000, yes it is true, 32000 murders per annum. This is all because of the wonderfull Mandela.

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  35. Sonja   September 30, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I really believe our government should be forced to prove that Mandela is in fact still alive. Surely articles like this one is just causing even greater embarresment to our country.

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  36. Jean Reinhardt (@JeanReinhardt1)   September 30, 2013 at 2:30 am

    So sad that such a great man who loved his country deeply should be treated once more like a prisoner, even in death, by those privileged to have been close to him.

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