December 7, 2013 |
In his lifetime, Nelson Mandela achieved almost mystical stature as the liberation hero turned national reconciler who helped transform South Africa from repressive white rule to a vibrant all-race democracy. But as Los Angeles Times correspondent Robyn Dixon writes, Mandela was never comfortable wearing the mantle of a saint . He could be irritable, stubborn, aloof and was known to flirt with any pretty young woman he met. The renowned peacemaker also embraced armed struggle to end the racist system of apartheid, persuading the leaders of the African National Congress to abandon their longstanding policy of nonviolence and form a secret military wing.
February 22, 2013 |
The Weinstein Co. and producer Anant Singh ("The First Grader") announced Friday that the company has acquired the North American, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," based on the legendary South African President Nelson Mandela's 1996 autobiography. Singh began communication with Mandela about making a film about his life while the anti-apartheid activist was still serving a life sentence in prison on charges of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
July 9, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria, but one of his grandsons said Tuesday that the former president of South Africa was responsive and "very much alive. " Ndaba Mandela urged people to celebrate his grandfather's life as the elder statesman approaches his 95th birthday on July 18. "It's time to celebrate his life," he said. "The old man is very much alive. " He said his grandfather was aware when friends and family were there.
December 5, 2013 |
Twenty-three years ago, for barely 24 hours, Nelson Mandela visited Los Angeles. It was 1990, and he had been a free man for only a handful of months, but he had been a symbol for years -- of endurance, of the black-and-white apartheid battle in South Africa. He was not yet a Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, not yet the president of the new post-apartheid South Africa. But in his 10 days in the United States, he was welcomed at the White House by President George H.W. Bush. Vice President Dan Quayle called him “a symbol of freedom.” A joint session of Congress gave him 15 standing ovations in a 33-minute speech.
December 6, 2013 |
Writer Nadine Gordimer was 39 years old when she sat in a Pretoria, South Africa, courtroom and watched Nelson Mandela receive a life sentence for acts of subversion against the South African state. Gordimer was already an activist then, and just beginning a career that would see her draw many precise portraits of the stubborn, idealistic and imperfect people of all races and creeds (East Indian, black, "colored," white, Jewish) who resisted apartheid. She eventually joined Mandela's African National Congress.
December 6, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- As many South Africans woke up to the news that Nelson Mandela had died, it was Mandela's fellow Nobel laureate who provided the most comforting words. Mandela's legacy, Desmond Tutu said Friday, would carry on. The sun would continue to rise. "The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day and the next. ... It may not appear as bright as yesterday, but life will carry on," the retired Anglican bishop said in a statement. "To suggest that South Africa might go up in flames -- as some have predicted -- is to discredit South Africans and Madiba's legacy," Tutu said, using Mandela's clan name, a term of affection and respect.