Former United States President George H.W Bush on Sunday mistakenly announced the death of Nelson Mandela. The office of America’s 41 President acted on a news flash by the Washington Post which the spokesman of the senior Bush “mis-read”
President Bush 41’s statement read “Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know. As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment — setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country. Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen.”
Soon after the statement was released, the Spokesman for the ex-president Jim McGrath took responsibility for the mistake on twitter saying “The 41 stmnt sent this morning was the result of my mis-reading the header on the WaPo news flash. Stupid mistake by me. Apologies to all”.
The mistake reignited an already exiting rumor on twitter about Mandela’s passing and prompted the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma to release a statement to assure the world that the iconic 95 year-old anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was alive. Zuma’s spokesman Mac Maharaj described the mistake by Bush 41’s office as “no big deal”.
Nelson Mandela spent 26 years in prison under the former apartheid South African government. In 1990 he was released from prison and went on to become the first black President in the history of South Africa when he was elected in the country’s first multi-racial democratic election held in 1994.