Following Nelson Mandela’s most recent hospitalization major competing news agencies spying on him were forced to review strategy.
A Reuters source who requested anonymity due to the culturally sensitive nature of the topic admitted there being a plan B for “M-Plan” from the start in anticipation for “Day-X” ; M-Plan referring to general reportage preparations incase of Mandela’s/Madiba’s death on day x.
|AP spy photo of Mandela's retirement home in Qunu, Eastern Cape Province|
“Oh yeah, we have CCTV cameras trained towards the hospital as usual, and powerful SLR’s just awaiting activation when the time comes--“Day X” could just be 21/12/12. Epic scoop” added our source.
Asked if she was aware she was breaking South African law she added as long as she was not caught filming anything before his death, which she was not doing at the time of going to press then she had a pretty water tight case.
“If you think our activities are law breaking, you should check out what those guys at AP are doing” she concluded referring to bank breaking tactics employed by the Associated Press which included hiring nurses and other “fixers” to capture The inevitability using all means necessary.
Media houses often co-operate with each other but no, not this time. This is considered to be a huge event in a country where Mandela is revered as a Pope, Monarch and Statesman all rolled in one.
This has not only driven up the asking price of quality informants but most demand up to 60pc down payments before taking position.
This has hit major broadcasters hard as there are no guarantees the target will succumb to inevitabilities in places they thought he would succumb to inevitabilities, places like his retirement home but most swear no expense will be spared.
“Obviously our option at the moment is to plant as many moles [in advance] in as many top hospitals just in case he has to transfer from the hospital he’s in right now to another for one reason or another. Yes we have paid top Rand down payment and yes we intend to continue doing so for as long we have to because we believe the people of the world have the right to real time information and amateur footage” said Eugene DuPlessis an editor with a top local tabloid.
Asked whether outrageous anti competitive tactics like booking all hotel blocks in and around a hundred feet radius or block booking helicopters and helipads in the area to prevent others getting the aerial shot was still an option all agreed in unison.
As at the time of going to press, unconfirmed reports in twitter indicated Mandela was being flown to the United States for specialised treatment.