SMH...This is How the South African Media is reporting it...
Universal Networks International has released an apology after the erroneous broadcast of Nelson Mandela’s obituary on DStv’s Universal Channel on Tuesday night...
Universal, which is broadcast on MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV platform, says the feature about Mandela - who is very much alive - was broadcast due to a "technical error".
In the statement, Universal Networks blames its technical team for this embarrassing blunder, which was aired while SA’s much-loved Madiba spends some time in hospital for complications with a recurring lung infection. According to Mandela’s doctors, he is making progress in his recovery.
"Like any international broadcaster, Universal Networks holds obituaries ready for every major statesman in the word," reads the apologetic statement by the red-faced owners of the Universal Channel.
“Universal Networks wishes to offer a sincere and heartfelt apology for the airing of such an announcement for Nelson Mandela, which broadcast last night (Tuesday 2nd April) on the Universal Channel due to a technical error by our team.”
“We unreservedly apologise to the Mandela family, to Universal Channel viewers and to DStv subscribers for the alarm and offense caused by this error.
“Our thoughts and best wishes are with Madiba and his family for a speedy and full recovery.”