Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and Denial

Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and Denial

After weeks of speculation, South African court documents revealed that Nelson Mandela is, by all intents and purposes, dead. What followed his death is a tale of dishonesty and denial – staining the South African Government and its public institutions.

The documents, part of a legal filing in a Mandela family dispute, reveal that doctors told the family of the former President that “He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine…The Mandela family has been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.”

The court documents containing this revelation are dated June 26th; one day before The Guardian Express reported that Madiba – the tribal name by Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and Denialwhich Mandela is often known – had passed away.

Mandela’s health had been declining for some time and on June 8th, he was rushed to the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria to be treated for a recurring lung infection. As the days passed, South Africans gathered in vigil outside the hospital and the South African government urged people to pray for the former President, who is considered a hero in South Africa for leading the nation out of Apartheid and becoming the county’s first black national leader.

Updates on Mandela’s health have fluctuated between ominous and optimistic in the days and weeks that followed. The whole nation was mired in dishonesty and denial over Mandela’s death. On June 23rd, South African government officials announced that his condition had deteriorated and CNN reported that he was now no longer able to breathe unassisted and had been placed on life support. On June 25th, the day that – according to The Guardian Express – Mandela died, his closest family members had gathered for a meeting in his childhood home of Qunu, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. That evening, the family was joined at Mandela’s bedside by Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Nelson Mandela was Christian, although there seems some dispute as to which branch of the faith he belonged. A family gathering at his bedside, with an Archbishop in attendance, on the very evening that – according to The Guardian Express – he passed away, seems more than coincidental.

Days later, South African President Jacob Zuma – along with other government and ANC officials – were describing Mandela’s condition as improving.  Zuma repeatedly told the People of South Africa that the nation’s beloved icon was “critical but stable”.

Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and DenialWe now know that Zuma and the ANC were lying. The Guardian Express timeline of events can be found here. Even if Mandela had been still alive, there is no possibility that his condition was improving.  According to the McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, a “permanent vegetative state” – more commonly called “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) – is a condition characterized by “no behavioral evidence of awareness of self or surroundings in a learned manner, other than reflex activity of muscles and nerves for low level conditioned response,” and “from which to a reasonable degree of medical probability, there can be no recovery.”

Cheryl Arenella MD, MPH, in an article entitled Coma and Persistent Vegetative State: An Exploration of Terms, writes “A person in a vegetative state can no longer “think,” reason, relate meaningfully with his/her environment, recognize the presence of loved ones, or “feel” emotions or discomfort. The higher levels of the brain are no longer functional.”

Later reports from South Africa revealed ongoing construction of new roads in Qunu; presumably, to accommodate mourners. In addition – even whilst official accounts insisted that the former President and leader of the African National Congress (ANC) was still clinging to life – reports emerged of a legal tussle between Mandela family members, regarding the site of his eventual resting place. Most assumed that Mandela would be buried in Qunu, where he grew up and had his retirement home.  Grandson Mandla Mandela, however, had planned to ensure that his grandfather was laid to rest in the nearby village of Mvezo, where he, Mandla, holds the position of chief. Mandla had already had the bodies of three of Mandela’s children exhumed from their graves in Qunu and reburied in Mvezo. Other family members are currently attempting to have the courts compel Mandla to return the bodies to Qunu. It is this legal battle that led to the revelation over Mandela’s condition. What’s more, one might ask, why would Mandla execute such an action if he believed his grandfather would recover? Did Mandela’s grandson know he would never have to answer to Madiba? How did he know?

Media organizations – both in South Africa and overseas – have been criticized for speculating over Mandela’s condition, particularly since he was Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and Denialreadmitted to the hospital. The government, the ANC organization and members of Mandela’s family have been urging people to remain calm and have also expressed their displeasure with the press. Although there have been numerous erroneous reports of Mandela’s passing from as early as late 2012, The Guardian Express was the first media organization in the United States – possibly, the world – to report his death as having happened Tuesday evening; this, after our South African correspondent, Laura Oneale, was notified by a very well-placed source. Even after publishing the news Wednesday, The Guardian Express, whilst having complete confidence in this source, continued its attempts to uncover further details and determine why news of Mandela’s death, or at least his presumption of death, was being concealed. Without absolute confirmation of the reasons behind the cover-up, The Guardian Express initially decided to publish no further articles on the subject. Likely factors, however, were security fears, particularly in light of President Obama’s important, impending arrival.

The decision regarding whether or not to publish the story was not easy; one of the site’s senior editors argued against it. The site initially published three stories, commenting on his death – links to these stories are listed at the foot of this article. The original source – because of their position – was determined to have sufficient credibility, although The Guardian Express senior staff continued searching for further information, including several phone calls to Mandela’s hospital. At no point, during any of these calls, were journalists or editors from The Guardian Express told that Mandela was alive; on one such call, the question “is Mandela Alive?” was asked and was met by a lengthy pause, followed by the statement that staff members did not have any information and had been told to give out no information.

In the interests of journalistic integrity, the site was not prepared to retract the story unless conclusive evidence was obtained that showed Mandela still to be alive; no such evidence was discovered, neither at that time, nor at any time since. Other media outlets that published word of Madiba’s passing quickly retracted their stories.

Since the publication of the first articles relating to Mandela’s death, every assertion that he was still alive has originated from Jacob Zuma, ANC officials and/or the Mandela family, who, sadly, appear to have been coerced or duped into perpetuating the deception. Every media outlet that continues to report on the state of Mandela’s health is basing its reporting on official sources and interviews with family members. No-one, other than the medical staff at the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital, the family or the government has seen Mandela since the day The Guardian Express reported his death. Not even President Obama was allowed to see him. There is, therefore, not one shred of evidence that he remains alive. The Guardian Express, however, has a very well-placed source confirming that Mandela is no longer with us. In that light, breaking the story was a bold, but logical, decision.

Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and DenialAccording to a report Thursday in South Africa’s Independent Online, the Mandela family has refused to allow his life-support apparatus to be switched off until the remains of his children are relocated to Qunu. If this is, in fact, the only reason that Mandela is still, to this day, on life support, then the family has already accepted that he is dead; they are merely delaying  making the fact ‘technically’ final, in order that the respected elder statesman not be buried alone.

Although Mandela’s death is all but officially admitted – and likely will not be- (as this would confirm that the South African government has been deceiving the nation) The Guardian Express has always maintained that he did, in fact, leave us Tuesday evening, as reported. This belief is confirmed by several factors, one being that between Tuesday evening and the present time, no evidence has been produced that Mandela was still alive. Additionally, The Guardian Express website has, over the past few days, been subjected to several cyber attacks, which have taken the site offline for varying periods of time. These attacks appear to have originated in South Africa. Were it true that Mandela had still been alive after The Guardian Express reported his death, the publication would almost certainly have received official – and, quite possibly, even legal – demands for a retraction and apology. Instead, the website has been the target of crude attempts to silence it. Has the ANC graduated from actual terrorism to cyber terrorism?

As anticipation of President Obama’s visit mounted, the White House was quick to play down the prospects of a visit to Mandela’s bedside. In hindsight, it is clear that this was an attempt to preempt the embarrassing and precarious situation of Obama being forced to pretend to have met with a dead man.

The government of South Africa, assuming – correctly – that the man’s death will be the overwhelming focus of the world’s attention, will probably never address the issue of exactly when he died. Their assertion, regarding the timing of his death, may never been disproven. By the same token, The Guardian Express reports of his death Tuesday will stand, without verifiable contradiction. There will be those who maintain we were premature and not accurate, but the impeccable credentials of our South African source completely neutralize those claims.

Not wanting to lose their icon, the majority of South Africans have been in denial over Mandela’s death, resulting in their eager acceptance of their government’s dishonesty.

The Guardian Express does not cheer Mandela’s passing, but – now that these court documents reveal the true date of his death – its reporting on the matter stands alone.

As for Madiba, history will be good to him. Although he was no saint, he was – undeniably – a hero and an inspiration to many.

Graham J Noble



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414 Responses to "Nelson Mandela, Death, Dishonesty and Denial"

  1. ANTI-mandela!   January 2, 2014 at 7:41 am


  2. ANTI-mandela!   January 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

    ME TOO !!!!! South Africa would have been a MUCH better place had this terrorist NEVER seen the light of day !!!!

  3. ANTI-mandela!   January 2, 2014 at 7:36 am

    YOUR WORDS – NOT MINE !!! RECOGNIZE THEM ???? >>> The whole nation was mired in dishonesty and denial over Mandela’s death. <<<

  4. Phakamile Buthelezi   December 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Wow people like Leo are disgusting!!! I just wanna puke at people seeking to justify racial segregation, you animals are disgusting!!! I’m glad the ANC did bomb some of your sick animals, I mean anyone who thinks their superior to other races is just simply disgusting!!! Kick a bucket already, the world needs less of you!!!

  5. Nandi   December 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Martina Bieker, to put a person in a breathing machine does not mean disrespect. Remember, Tata Madiba was in prison for 27 years. His kids grew up without him being present at home as a father figure. His kids suffered the cruelty of the white government with no one protecting them. Their mother was disrespected and humiliated by the white government and you have never stopped the white government from doing that.
    Madiba’s family was still enjoying to have him at home because that is something they were not used to. So you must understand the reason why they were clinging to him

    • arnieannd   December 11, 2013 at 2:51 am

      Ag Shame !!
      Most blacks do not even know who their farthers were. And what about the bombed victims farthers, mothers families and children?????
      Just get your mind in order and think beyond the length of your nose.

  6. Leo   December 9, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Mandela was a great man, despite his imperfections and shady past. LET HE THAT IS FREE OF SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. We are all guilty….so build a bridge and get over yourselves. Mandela cannot be stoned for the actions of a whole governing body and neither can all whites be stoned for the sins of a government which deceived them as well. Live for the future and let the past be a lesson to us all. I sincerely hope whoever comes to power in the next elections will bring this country back to it’s previous glory and chase all the corrupt ones into the sea.

    • arnieann   December 9, 2013 at 12:56 am…
      This is what Mandela and the libs left South Africa with.
      Now live with that, and also understand what ‘Apaat-hate” means.

      • Leo   December 9, 2013 at 1:08 am

        Arniann you link is not working…

        • arnieann   December 9, 2013 at 1:40 am

          Hope this works. Internet up to sh…t today.

    • Russell Wright   December 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      From your lips to Gods ears Leo. We need another leader not another thief.

  7. Leo   December 9, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Willem, you are seriously misinformed my friend. At the same time the white settlers were travelling North, the Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu etc. were travelling south to find grazing for their cattle. The noble bushman was the OWNERS of this land everybody proclaim to be theirs. The white settlers and all other races were overcome by greed and murdered the Xhoi San people onto the brink of extinction ( just as the Americans did to the IIndigenous indians and the Germans to the Jews and the Hutu to the Tutsi.etc). If anyone can stand up and cry LAND GRABBING, It’s the bushman who were here first and believed in living in harmony with nature. The other black nations moved in an left everything they touched barren, animals and trees dissappear overnight where they set foot. The white settlers introduced so much technology that the rivers and underground reservoirs became poisonous and the land was turned upside down. All of you had apart in the destruction of this beautiful place and now you are fighting for the scraps. All idiots if you ask me….

  8. Leo   December 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Seems to me all these people commenting on this issue are either teenagers or very young , thats reading between the lines of course. Being there and being a witness earns you the podium to comment. Commenting on such serious issues if you are misinformed or talking out of books and newspapers is just not on. I witnessed both the apartheid government and the anc government’s rule and can honestly say that the anc ran this country into the ground !!!. Public services, roads, sewerage, parks, schools and countless other infrastructures are in such a state of neglect and disrepair that it would NEVER recover. The Police and Army is a joke….if they cannot fight common criminal, how will they protect us against trained military personnel. I’ve seen my town turn from award winning municipality to a slum in 15 years. Most of my black friends and colleagues yearn for the prosperity the apartheid government provided and do not believe the deceptions of the anc government, cause they’ve also witnessed the demise of a wonderful country. Nelson Mandela was an International icon for bringing a peaceful transition to South Africa, but at what cost…..

  9. ANTI-mandela!   December 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Dear Guardian Express and ALL other media – PLEASE refrain from using phrases like “the WHOLE of South Africa” , “the WHOLE nation” , “ALL South Africans” , etc. PLEASE DO NOT SPEAK ON MY AND THE OTHER MILIONS OF NON-mandela-SUPPORTERS’ BEHALF WHEN YOU WRITE CARBAGE LIKE “he was a hero to all” – MILIONS (MYSELF INCLUDED) DID NOT REGARD HIM AS ANYTHING MORE THAN A MURDEROUS TERRORIST !!! I FOR ONE, will ALWAYS remember this atheist as a TRAITOR and the FILTH who ordered the BRUTAL MURDERS of NUMEROUS INNOCENT South Africans !!!

  10. ANTI-mandela!   December 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Dear Guardian Express and ALL other media – PLEASE refrain from using phrases like “the WHOLE of South Africa” , “the WHOLE nation” , “ALL South Africans” , etc. PLEASE DO NOT SPEAK ON MY AND THE OTHER MILIONS OF NON-mandela-SUPPORTERS’ BEHALF WHEN YOU WRITE CARBAGE LIKE “he was a hero to all” – MILIONS (MYSELF INCLUDED) DID NOT REGARD HIM AS ANYTHING MORE THAN A MURDEROUS TERRORIST !!! I FOR ONE, will ALWAYS remember this atheist as a TRAITOR and the FILTH who ordered the BRUTAL MURDERS of NUMEROUS INNOCENT South Africans !!! May his CORRUPT soul NEVER rest !!!

    • Graham Noble   December 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      I’m not disputing your views on Mandela; I neither entirely agree nor disagree and you are entitled to your opinion. I do, however, dispute your ability to read. I have not used a single word or phrase in this article that suggests that “all” South Africans felt or believed anything.

    • Russell Wright   December 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Your opinion of Mandela seems as much at odds with world opinion as world opinoin on apartheid was…why is that I wonder.


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