However, the TV Station has since released an apology.
Read the Apology after cut..
"Like any international broadcaster, Universal Networks holds obituaries ready for every major statesman in the word," says Universal Networks International which programmes the Universal Channel on DStv, after the mistake.
"Universal Networks wishes to offer a sincere and heartfelt apology for the airing of such an announcement for Nelson Mandela which was broadcast last night on the Universal Channel due to a technical error by our team."
"We unreservedly apologise to the Mandela family, to Universal Channel viewers and to DStv subscribers for the alarm and offense caused by this error. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Madiba and his family for a speedy and full recovery,"says Universal Networks International.
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