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March 28, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela was readmitted to a hospital after a worrying recurrence of the lung infection he suffered in December, the South African presidency announced Thursday. It was the third time Mandela, known affectionately to South Africans by his clan name, Madiba, has been hospitalized since December. The unexpected late-night admission rang alarm bells for many. South Africa's first black president went into a hospital in Pretoria just before midnight.
June 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, President Jacob Zuma told journalists at a packed briefing Monday, calling on people to pray for the former South African president's recovery and for the media not to demand details of his treatment or condition. With South Africans deeply anxious about Mandela's survival, Zuma and his spokesman, Mac Maharaj, called on journalists to respect the privacy of the former president and his family and to stop trespassing on the rules of patient-client confidentiality.
April 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Tuesday defended a controversial decision to allow the broadcast on television of a video of an unsmiling Nelson Mandela, looking frail, pallid and uncomfortable, as people snapped flash photos of him when President Jacob Zuma and other ANC luminaries visited him at his house. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and is recovering at home under medical supervision.
October 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month. The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take tougher action to make the country more competitive, increase economic growth and tackle chronically high unemployment. Then came BMW's abrupt and embarrassing announcement Oct. 3 that the company had canceled plans to expand its South African operation, because of the cost of successive strikes.
June 8, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon
President Jacob Zuma is once again testing his contention that South Africans make a distinction between political matters and his increasingly complicated private life. As the country prepares to welcome a global audience this week for the start of soccer's World Cup, the media are filled with allegations and gossip of messy affairs in the presidential family. The storm this time centers around the polygamous Zuma's second wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, who reportedly became pregnant by her bodyguard.
September 12, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Zapiro, as one of South Africa's most controversial cartoonists calls himself, is a liberal pro-Palestinian Jew who was detained under apartheid for drawing the security police of the minority white regime as gun-toting pigs. Now he's under attack by the ruling African National Congress over a cartoon critical of party President Jacob Zuma. The cartoon shows Zuma preparing to rape the justice system, portrayed as a blindfolded woman pinned down by his political allies in the ANC, the Communist Party, unions and the ANC Youth League.
December 5, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World leaders and human rights activists from around the globe mourned the death of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on Thursday, praising the long-ailing 95-year-old as an inspiration to the abused and downtrodden worldwide. "We've lost our greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in announcing Mandela's death, which occurred at 8:50 p.m. at Mandela's home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. At the White House, President Obama praised Mandela as an inspiration and a paragon of moral strength "that all of humanity should aspire to. " PHOTOS: Nelson Mandela through the years "Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him," Obama said of the man whom he met only once, in Washington in 2005.
September 16, 2012 | By Martin Rubin
After Mandela The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa Douglas Foster Liveright: 608 pp., $35 What a pleasant surprise to encounter a book that actually looks beyond the surface of South Africa's by now well-known story. We've read so many accounts of the miraculous transformation of the hideous apartheid state into the rainbow democracy and, in the nearly two decades since that happened, of the flies in the ointment that have marred the fairy tale.
December 6, 2013 | Robyn Dixon
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
June 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When a newly elected President Obama zipped through Africa in 2009, he was given a hero's welcome on the continent of his father's birth. This week, after four years away and few major initiatives aimed at Africa, Obama will return as a prodigal son. Initial euphoria over the election of the first African American U.S. president has given way to disappointment with his perceived lack of interest and action on issues in Africa not related to America's security.
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