anc takes mandela’s “death” to twitter

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The tweet of Nelson Mandela’s death hoax at the weekend was disturbing, which according to South Africa’s governing Africa National Congress (ANC), should not be buried under the carpet.

The ANC is now planning to contact Twitter to admonish the person responsible for the act.

The party’s spokesman said the frequent “irresponsible” hoax reports of Mr. Mandela’s death were upsetting to concerned people.

“We plan to approach Twitter once our lekgotla is over to find out if action can be taken,” Business Day quoted the ANC spokesman, Jackson Mthembu as saying.

“This has to stop. To create such a damning rumour about Mr. Mandela is just irresponsible.”

Mr. Mandela, South Africa’s legendary leader, was on holiday with his wife Graca Machel when his family bombarded with phone calls from relatives, friends and journalists about his death. The frail-looking Mandela celebrated his 92nd birthday last August.

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About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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