The news of the former South African President’s death has turned out to be a hoax. The Thabo Mbeki Foundation in Johannesburg that is still being inundated with queries regarding the health of the former president, refuted the news, describing it as “unfounded and baseless.”
Rumours making the rounds in social media that Mr. Mbeki had suffered a heart attack does not hold water either. Thabo Mbeki is currently in Ethiopia diffusing the South Sudan conflict.
Thabo Mbeki’s death was first reported by what the Foundation described as a “dubious website.”
“It is regrettable that some media outlets, including public broadcasters on the continent, have reported on the hoax as fact without reference to the Foundation or accredited South African Embassies and High Commissions in their countries,” the Mbeki Foundation said in a statement.
“We would like to confirm that President Mbeki is alive, in good health and working on African Union peace assignments.”
“He is currently in Ethiopia facilitating peace talks between parties to the conflicts in the Republic of Sudan. There is therefore no need for concern.”