In a swift response to circulating rumors on social media, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation confirmed that the former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, is alive and in good health. The foundation denounced the unfounded reports and urged the public to rely on official channels for accurate information regarding Mbeki’s well-being.
The foundation’s statement on Wednesday addressed the misinformation, emphasizing the importance of caution and responsible engagement with online information, particularly in times when misinformation can rapidly spread. This isn’t the first time such false reports have emerged, as a similar death hoax circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, prompting the foundation to debunk it.
Thabo Mbeki, known for his intellectual approach to governance and significant contributions to post-Apartheid South Africa, served as the President of South Africa from 1999 to 2008. The foundation’s quick response aims to quell any unnecessary concerns and emphasizes the need for accurate information from reliable sources about Mbeki’s activities and well-being.