Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson Sello Hatang denied the rumours on Saturday evening and said the 92-year-old Mandela-affectionately known the world over as Madiba, was on holiday with his wife, Graca Machel.
Hatang asked that the couple’s privacy be respected.The Afrikaans language newspaper, Rapport claimed it obtained information that Mandela’s health had recently deteriorated.
Several rumours about his health and imminent passing away were recently proven to be untrue.But according to a reliable source, this time its different. Some of the rumours about Mandela being seriously ill were started on the social networking site, Twitter.
The Foundation says there is no need for people to panic because Madiba is enjoying holiday with his wife.Mandela is not the only leader and celebrity who has fallen casualty of death tweets.
Over the past few weeks, rumours spread on the social media about the deaths of celebrities such as Aaron Carter, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman.