Minister sorry for Mandela mistake
Published 27/06/2013 | 08:37
An Australian politician has apologised to South Africa's high commissioner for incorrectly announcing that Nelson Mandela had died.
Resources minister Gary Gray acknowledged he wrongly told guests attending a Minerals Council of Australia dinner at Parliament House that the anti-apartheid leader was dead.
"I apologise unreservedly and am deeply sorry to have relayed what I thought was reliable advice," Mr Gray said in a statement.
Mr Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital. The 94-year-old former president was admitted to the Pretoria hospital on June 8 to be treated for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.
Mr Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.