What started as an innocent musing on a blog in 2010 grew to become an international phenomenon.
On December 5th 2013 a man died. Not just any man but a hero to an entire nation, an entire race of people. A man who had been imprisoned for nearly 30 years spending 18 of those in a tiny cell on Robben Island, south of Cape Town, before finally being released and leading his nation out of the oppression of apartheid and racism, united under a multicultural democracy. That man was Morgan Freeman… no, wait, I mean Nelson Mandela. Or was it? In 2010 a paranormal consultant blogging by the name of Fiona Broome was convinced that Nelson Mandela had died in prison – to quote her post…
“I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison. I thought I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.”
The problem I have with this statement is that there’s no mention of when or where he died, just a vague “in prison” comment. And that ladies and gentleman is how this whole movement began. Since then it’s become this big pile of steaming horse shite gathering speed as it skyrockets downhill faster than the career of whoever the latest celebrity is this week who’s being accused of something untoward.
But can she have such a memory? Well it is true that Nelson Mandela was hospitalized with tuberculosis during the 1980’s and was on the very precipice of death – in fact many newspapers of the time were speculating that he was about to snuff it, and his wife at the time Winnie did appear on the telly a lot, but he survived to become the iconic man we (most of us) remember.
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