South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has “forgiven” a newsreader who accidentally killed him off during a live TV broadcast blooper.
Peter Ndoro – a former BBC journalist who now works for South Africa’s SABC – mistakenly said Mr Ramaphosa had died on Wednesday, 14 February.
He had meant to say Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition, had passed away.
Mr Tsvangirai died the same day former President Jacob Zuma stepped down.
Mr Ndoro has been off air since – but this morning revealed he would be back on SABC this Monday after Mr Ramaphosa “graciously accepted his apology.’
To be fair, it did not seem as if the accidental announcement had bothered Mr Ramaphosa in the slightest.
A suggestion Mr Ndoro had lost his job over the incident left Mr Ramaphosa looking “visibly shocked”.
Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu took the matter to Parliament and During the State of the Nation debate on Monday morning Sisulu asked Ramaphosa to stand up and assure the country that he was still alive and had forgiven Ndoro for the error.
Ramaphosa, who was visibly shocked by the announcement, did as requested before waving and laughing.