Thapelo Lekabe

By Thapelo Lekabe

Senior Digital Journalist


SABC News anchor does it again… declares Ramaphosa dead

Could it be just fatigue or perhaps something else more serious? You be the judge of that.


After apologising to viewers last month for mistakenly announcing that IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi had died, SABC News anchor Peter Ndoro has done it again. This time declaring the country’s newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa dead.

On Thursday, Ndoro incorrectly said that Ramaphosa had died after former president Thabo Mbeki commented on the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s former prime minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), who passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with colon cancer.

The video of the latest blooper has set Twitter abuzz with many people asking whether Ndoro had “issues” with death or whether he was exhausted from the breaking news stories of the week.

Watch the video below:

This is what tweeps had to say about the blunder:

https://twitter.com/Art_Scholar/status/964379171911643138

https://twitter.com/SizweDhlomo/status/964173113897488385

https://twitter.com/Kgoshii2020/status/964378786232872960

https://twitter.com/KVhasa/status/964177213418627072

https://twitter.com/JustKatlee/status/964377674499088384

https://twitter.com/Isaac_Moselane/status/964374858237853698

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