July 17, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Three weeks ago, Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero, seemed at death's door. A family affidavit presented in a court hearing the following week said he was on life support and described his demise as "impending. " On Tuesday, just before his 95th birthday, Mandela was watching television with headphones on, his daughter Zindzi Mandela said. Describing what she said was a dramatic improvement in Mandela's health in an interview on British television, Zindzi Mandela said, "I should think he will be going home anytime soon.
July 18, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The music video starts with three young people walking along a road -- a symbolic reference to Nelson Mandela's famous "long walk to freedom. " Their song, "Thank You Madiba," which uses Mandela's clan name, is one of myriad musical tributes made in honor of the anti-apartheid hero's 95th birthday. This one, though, is a little different. It's by a white Afrikaner band, ITB (In the Beginning), led by Machiel Roets , a Free State farmer's son-turned-musician who started piano lessons at age 9. "Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul," the lyrics go. PHOTOS: Worldwide celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday The song is testimony to the love that Mandela has inspired among South Africans of all races, despite the tiny right-wing white minority lampooned on Twitter recently because of its fear of a race war after Mandela's death.
July 22, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - While Nelson Mandela's health "shows sustained improvement," he is still in critical condition, South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday. Zuma issued the statement after visiting Mandela at a Pretoria hospital, where he was admitted June 8 with a recurring lung infection. No further details were provided about Mandela's health. The news that South Africa's first black president, who is revered for his struggle to end white minority rule, remains in critical condition dampened hopes that he could be sent home soon.
December 11, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After three days of silence on the illness of national icon Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma's office issued a three-line statement Tuesday announcing that the anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner is suffering from a lung infection. Mandela's hospitalization Saturday for medical tests caused national alarm. Zuma's office said Monday that the former president was "in good hands" without commenting on his condition. On Tuesday, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said new tests indicated that the 94-year-old Mandela was suffering from a recurrence of a previous lung infection.
June 27, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe spoke movingly of her father's continued responses to his family Thursday, saying he was "still there," trying to open his eyes when they spoke to him. As the world waited for additional news and messages of love poured in, her words offered a poignant insight into the raw pain of his family in its bedside vigil. "I won't lie, it doesn't look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes.
June 26, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital Wednesday, as elders from his AbaThembu clan traveled from the Eastern Cape to see him. With hopes for Mandela's recovery fading, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, shared the prayer that he had read at Mandela's bedside late Tuesday, for the former South African president, his wife Graca Machel and other family members. Referring to Mandela by his clan name, the archbishop prayed: " Now enfold Madiba and Graca with compassion, comfort and the conviction that you will never forsake them, but that you will grant Madiba eternal healing and relief from pain and suffering.