South Africans deserve to be kept up-to-date on the state of health of their icon Nelson Mandela, newspaper editorials argued on Friday.
“South Africans deserve a government taking them in its confidence,” wrote Beeld editor Tim du Plessis.
The Star agreed: “For someone of his stature, the distinction between private and public should disappear, given how millions around the world feel about him.”
And The New Age wrote: “This frenzy of attention should be understood as a demonstration of the value people attach to the man.”
Their remarks came after the admission of the 92-year-old Mandela to the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday was followed by a news blackout.