Storm in a tea cup? Or rank hypocrisy? Madiba footage latest

South Africa
April 30 - Vukani Mde says that there’s no moral difference between what the ANC did by taking a camera crew into Nelson Mandela’s home and what the media does by ccamping out outside his home and hospital whenever he is ill. eNCA
April 30 – The African National Congress has lashed out against criticism it has received for publishing footage of former president Nelson Mandela.

Amid a national outcry over visuals depicting a frail Nelson Mandela at his Houghton home, one analyst has cried hypocrisy.

Vukani Mde believes there's no difference between  what the ANC did by taking a camera crew into Nelson Mandela’s home, and what the media does by camping out outside his home and hospital whenever he is ill.

The ANC allowed the state broadcaster to film the visit by top party brass to the elder statesman's home.

The visuals show a frail Madiba, with a blanket over his legs, his head propped up by a pillow.

Despite the ANC's assertions that he was in high spirits and was laughing and joking, Mandela appeared distant and disconnected.

Soon after the visuals were aired, social media networks lit up with condemnation, with many accusing the ANC of exploiting Mandela, and invading his privacy.

Read Debora Patta's take on the issue here

 

 

-eNCA

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