Nelson Mandela

Netizens believed Nelson Mandela could have been cloned. Image via Facebook @Mazwayi Sfuthufuthu Voxeka

‘Cloned’: Mzansi reacts to pictures of Nelson Mandela? [photos]

‘After this Bester saga, anything is possible now,’ a social media user figured after seeing pictures of a model resembling Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela

Netizens believed Nelson Mandela could have been cloned. Image via Facebook @Mazwayi Sfuthufuthu Voxeka

On Sunday, 9 April, photos of a man resembling the late South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and modelling clothes had netizens’ jaws on the floor since viewing his pictures, having them convinced that he had “been cloned”, if not that, he must be the next notorious Thabo Bester.


Mandela served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He later died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95 in Houghton, Johannesburg, after a prolonged respiratory infection.

A state funeral was held in his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on 15 December.

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So, when netizens saw “pictures of Mandela” on a runway and professional photos of him at a photo shoot, they were confused and came up with all kinds of conspiracy theories to solve their wonder.

Whilst some people believed Mandela had risen from the dead, others thought he had been cloned, while others voiced that the late former president had pulled a stunt such as the infamous Thabo Bester.

Bester was recently captured in Tanzania with his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, after a year-long manhunt after it was discovered that he faked his death in a prison cell by setting a corpse alight and escaping without a hitch, BBC reported.

A new post-mortem investigation later revealed the body was not actually his.

Some viewers of the Mandela look-a-like photos thought that the pictures were of models wearing an extremely convincing mask and said that the images must have been taken from one event at Paris Fashion Week.

Nelson Mandela
After seeing pictures of a man modelling, netizens were convinced Nelson Mandela rose from the dead. Image via Instagram @Mazwayi Sfuthufuthu Voxeka

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“He has risen 🙏,” @MakaTits Mj Mamali Ndondela reacted.

“After this Bester saga, anything is possible now,“ @Refilwe Phakoe figured.

“Bester 11,” Andiswa Maqula wrote.

“Haibo, if it’s not [him], then who?” @Sibusiso Bless asked.

“This is not make sure. Why [does] he look like that? He is not the same as himself,” @Khangwelo Mia Rokunda said.

“[Tis is] poof that Madiba was cloned,” @Khandocool Emzansi

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