A source of reports claiming that Nelson Mandela has died is a financial manager from Joburg, who describes herself as “proudly South African” and “about to make her mark on the writing scene”,IOL reports.
Laura Oneale, a mother of three, is the reporter who has given the Las Vegas Guardian Express (guardianlv.com/) reports about Mandela’s health over the past few months.
On June 26, Oneale wrote that the elderly statesman had died the previous night on June 25, but did not name any official source. Guardian Express suggested that the source was from the SABC.
“Speculation surrounding his health continued and now we have been informed that the great man is deceased. Sources said that he was on a life support system and remained in critical condition. His family was given time to share their loss before the world was informed of his passing,” the report stated.
When it was announced that Mandela was discharged from hospital on Sunday, Oneale wrote another article, backtracking her original story by saying there was a possibility that Mandela was still alive.