June 30, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A family dispute over the burial site for Nelson Mandela's three deceased children deepened Sunday, as the former South African president remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla, chief of the Mvezo area in the Eastern Cape Province, announced that he planned to fight a court order for the return of the bodies to their original resting place in Qunu, the village where the elder Mandela grew up and later retired.
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.
December 6, 2013
I met Nelson Mandela not long after he stepped down as president of South Africa. He was visiting the Gates Foundation in Seattle, and I was part of a group of journalists lucky enough to get the chance to interview him for an hour. Now, with the news of his death at 95, Mandela is being lauded as the greatest, most charismatic leader of our times and I might be expected to say how amazing it was to be in the man's presence. But on that day in Seattle, he seemed no more extraordinary than many other people I have met. He had a graceful dignity about him and a humility learned over a lifetime, but he was not physically imposing or remarkably eloquent.
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.
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.
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.