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.