Witness Reporter
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13 Dec 2013
00:00

Picture purportedly showing Madiba in coffin is fake

Witness Reporter

A PICTURE that purported to show former president Nelson Mandela in his coffin was a fake...

A PICTURE that purported to show former president Nelson Mandela in his coffin was a fake.

The picture was posted on Twitter early yesterday and re-tweeted three times. However, it was quickly withdrawn.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement last night: “The Department of State Security has confirmed that the photograph of President Mandela, purported to be of him lying in his casket at the Union Buildings, is a fake.

“Government finds it extremely distasteful that a member of the public would engage in such behaviour and manipulate a photograph of President Mandela at this time.”