A few hours ago, today, Tuesday September 13, 2011, the social media, twitter and Facebook and sms remained misled on several personal, non-institutional pages by the false report that the great statesman, former President of South Africa and Nobel laureate Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was dead.
Like many media executives, I was equally curious, as several inquiries to confirm or dismiss the stories came into USAfrica (Houston). I did, like several senior editors of USAfrica, call several sources across the U.S., London and South Africa, gingerly on the sensitive ‘story’– but without any credible affirmation.
The first and credible direct responses to the false reports have been sourced by the South African Broadcasting Service (SABC) which spoke with The Nelson Mandela Foundation — particularly Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange. According to the SABC, she “says there is no reason to worry.”
USAfricaonline.com is aware that the only credible report about any one named Mandela being ill regards Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
On Saturday September 10, she was admitted to the Life Brenthurst Clinic in Parktown in Johannesburg for a minor operation/surgery on her foot .
In 2010, during a medical treatment of Nelson Mandela, rounds of false stories about his mortality were spread by a few individuals. He has been treated variously for tuberculosis (from his jail period), prostate cancer and eye problems.
Dr. Mandela was born at Qunu, near Umtata, in the Transkei area of South Africa on July 18, 1918, to Chief Henry Mandela, a member of the Tembu ethnic group.
A major historical date in his life took place on June 12, 1964, when Nelson Mandela, alongside 7 other activists and anti-apartheid freedom fighters were unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, a few minutes from Cape Town. (He was later moved to the Pollsmoor Prison); and was released after 27 years of incarceration in 1990.
I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell at the dreaded Robben Island on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief of CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Mandela is 92: Why I celebrate his life, struggles and works. By Chido Nwangwu.
The truth is we revere and honor Mandela at USAfrica.
In fact, one of our publications, USAfrica The Newspaper, was established to make its first release just in time in May 1994 in Houston, to be part of the voices and pillars of progress against apartheid, a news vehicle championing the pan-human quest for justice and equity for all, and as The Authoritative Link for Africans in the diaspora –especially across the U.S .
Permit me to say: Long Live Madiba. Long Live Mandela! • Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn
Martin Luther King Jr: Why I believe The Prophet’s vision is valid into 21st century. By Chido Nwangwu. http://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/26/the-prophet-mlk-vision-chido-nwangwu-jan1999-tribute
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html
News archives related to Jos, here http://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos
USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin. By Chido Nwangwu. http://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/