Nelson Mandela is a great man. The debacle surrounding the Mandela health scare last week was hardly befitting of the 92 year old leader. As a result of a petty turf war and a non-existent communication strategy between the Department of Defence and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, South Africans found themselves victims of a news blackout on the subject.
For two days, the idle minds of the general public were left to create and spread wild speculation on the former president’s health. Sad to say – as expected, the opportunistic media spared no time or expense trying capitalise on it. Besides swamping Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg where Madiba was admitted, no doubt hoping to capture the last live or first dead photo of the man for their front pages, they contributed to the confusion by publishing the mish-mash of conflicting information from various sources.
The point of interest is not about the rather inconsequential lack of communication planning however, it is about the reality of the situation. Nelson Mandela is a struggle icon whose legacy will certainly last for many decades to come. He is 92 years old and clearly frail. What do South Africans expect to happen to the man, and to the country, following his inevitable and sad departure? Judging by the mass hysteria and panic over the last week, Wonkie is not quite sure.
Wonkie has heard the usual paranoid conversations about a certain race group running rampant across the country happily redistributing wealth just seconds after Mr Mandela’s death, but what do other realistic South Africans think will happen? Please take part in our quick poll below indicating what you think is most likely to happen, or leave your more detailed thoughts in the comments section below.
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