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Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, dies at 81

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the battle to end white-minority rule in South Africa but her place in history was also stained by controversy

PASSED AWAY. In this file photo taken on December 16, 2017 The former wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela waves as she attends the 54th ANC National Conference at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of South African anti-apartheid fighter and former president Nelson Mandela, died on April 2, 2018 at the age of 81, her spokesman said. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

May 19, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Daniel is set to star in Escape From Pretoria a film based on Tim Jenkin s account of his escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison

British actor Daniel Radcliffe reacts as he poses on the red carpet on September 9, 2016 in the northwestern sea resort of Deauville, as part of the 42nd Deauville US Film Festival. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

South Africans unite to remember Soweto uprising

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:29 PM

The uprising where at least 170 people were killed is a turning point in the anti apartheid struggle bringing the injustices of the regime to the world s attention and paving the way for the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela

REMEMBERING APARTHEID. Members of traditional churches pray at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on June 11 during a ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. Photo by Marco Longari/ AFP

S. Africa compensates 750 families for apartheid land loss

May 22, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Some 750 South African families who say they were pushed out of their land on a natural reserve during apartheid will be handed over 5 million in compensation

ZUMA. File photo of South Africa president and South African ruling Party African National Congress President Jacob Zuma taken May 1, 2016 in Pretoria. Photo by Mujahid Safodien / AFP

'The Daily Show' host Trevor Noah pens book on apartheid childhood

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:14 PM

I couldn t find a good book about myself so I decided to write one says Noah who grew up in South Africa and is the son of a white Swiss father and a black woman

TREVOR NOAH. 'The Daily Show' host is releasing a book about his apartheid childhood. Screengrab from Facebook/thedailyshow

Cape Town university votes to remove Cecil Rhodes statue

Apr 09, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The statue of the notoriously racist Rhodes has been boarded up since it was hit with a bucket of human excrement and wrapped in black garbage bags in March

BOARDED UP. A South African student walks past the boarded up statue of one of apartheid's architects Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, 08 April 2015. Nic Bothma/EPA

S. Africa repatriates anti-apartheid heroes' remains from Russia

Mar 01, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The bodies of Moses Kotane and John Beaver Marks are back in home soil The two were mentors of icon Nelson Mandela and helped make democracy in South Africa possible

BACK HOME. The bust statue of anti-apartheid activist Moses Kotane looks on in the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow. Photo from Wikipedia.org

Race relations at crossroads in Mandela's South Africa

Feb 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

In the 25 years since the late anti apartheid hero s release from prison on February 11 1990 South Africa has had to confront the realities of its divided past

RAINBOW NATION. In this file photo from 2004, South Africans celebrate the announcement of their hosting of the 2010 World Cup by waving their country's flag. Jon Hrusa/File/EPA

Zuma: South Africa's 'Teflon' leader

May 24, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Charismatic but scandal prone South Africa s leader Jacob Zuma is a former herdboy who could stake a claim to Ronald Reagan s title of Teflon president as he is sworn in for a second term on May 24

US calls for 'holding period' after Mideast talks fail

Apr 30, 2014 - 4:22 PM

Analysts say the end of the negotiating period meant the situation would simply go back to square one

Kerry in apartheid row as Mideast peace deadline arrives

Apr 29, 2014 - 1:52 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry denies calling Israel an apartheid state as a furor grows in Israel over the comments he reportedly made

PEACE TALKS. US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers brief remarks to members of the news media, at the State Department in Washington DC, USA, April 24, 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

South Africa celebrates 20 years since end of apartheid

Apr 27, 2014 - 10:10 PM

We have made South Africa a much better place to live in says President Jacob Zuma However government shortcomings have become a rallying point for the opposition ahead of the May 7 elections

CELEBRATION. South African people attend the celebration of the 20th anniversary of first democratic elections at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 27 April 2014. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/EPA

Mandela returns home

Dec 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The anti apartheid icon is set to be buried Sunday December 15 ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Dec 14, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Sunday s funeral will begin at 8:00 am with a two hour ceremony for 5 000 people

ALMOST THE END. Women are consoled as they react in sadness after walking past the casket of late South African President Nelson Mandela, on the final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Matt Dunham/EPA

Nelson Mandela lies in state

Dec 11, 2013 - 3:36 PM

Mandela s cortege makes a journey of memories as it passes through key landmark s in his and South Africa s history

FAREWELL TO AN ICON. South Africa Jacob Zuma (right) bids farewell to South African former president Nelson Mandela lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on December 11, 2013. Photo by Agence France-Presse/Marco Longari

Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

Dec 11, 2013 - 1:51 PM

Along the route South Africans formed a somber guard of honor for their iconic leader

HIGHLIGHTS: World unites for Nelson Mandela memorial

Dec 11, 2013 - 8:55 AM

Tens of thousands of South Africans converged in sorrow celebration and pride on Soweto s World Cup stadium to sit side by side with presidents priests and queens at a memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela

FOR MADIBA. Mourners wave South African flags ahead of the memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 December 2013. EPA/Ian Langsdon

South Africa unites in prayer and song for Mandela

Dec 08, 2013 - 8:20 PM

The nationwide day of prayer marks the formal start of a week long state funeral for the man who forged a new multi racial South Africa

SONGS FOR "MADIBA". Women sing during a mass commemorating late South African former president Nelson Mandela on December 8, 2013 in Soweto, near Johannesburg. Photo by Pedro Ugarte / AFP

No future in hate: what Mandela taught us all

Dec 08, 2013 - 10:05 AM

For many South Africans Mandela is the personification of humanity forgiveness and non racialism

Historic farewell set for Nelson Mandela

Dec 08, 2013 - 9:47 AM

UPDATED Presidents religious leaders and cultural figureheads from all corners of the world are expected for the funeral The memorials and events will culminate in Mandela s burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu

Nelson Mandela's life celebrated in song

Dec 07, 2013 - 10:18 PM

More than 600 million watched the 1988 gig at London s Wembley Stadium that marked Nelson Mandela s 70th birthday

FREEDOM FIGHTER. There were many, including Mandela himself, who asked several times that the struggle not be about him

Mugabe mourns 'champion of the oppressed' Mandela

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:11 PM

In his first official reaction to Mandela s death Zimbabw s president calls the South African icon an unflinching fighter for justice

ICON. Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe praised the late Nelson Mandela for being a 'champion of the oppresses' but once criticized him for being too soft on white South Africans. Photo by EPA

Mandela and his 3 wives: Evelyn, Winnie, Graca

Dec 07, 2013 - 1:00 PM

Of Graca Machel Mandela says Late in life I am blooming like a flower because of the love and support she has given me

Aquino recalls Mandela's words: 'You chose your parents well'

Dec 06, 2013 - 3:41 PM

President Benigno Aquino III praises Nelson Mandela as an exemplar of conscientious resistance to racism and exponent of reconciliation founded on justice

NELSON MANDELA. The former South African President has died. Rodger Bosch/AFP File Photo

Israel mooted West Bank barrier 'as Palestinian border'

Nov 05, 2013 - 11:16 PM

The Palestinians insist the talks be based on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War

White supremacist in Mandela murder plot jailed for 35 years

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:35 PM

The perpetrators of a rightwing extremist plot to kill Nelson Mandela are sentenced to 35 years in jail

Mandela discharged from hospital

Sep 01, 2013 - 5:00 PM

The ailing South African leader is discharged from the hospital but remains in critical condition

South Africa government denies Mandela discharged

Aug 31, 2013 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED South Africa s presidency denies reports that Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital and has returned to his Johannesburg home

Racism greets Oprah in Swiss shop

Aug 10, 2013 - 10:58 AM

Talk Queen shops for a handbag gets segregation courtesy

IT STILL HAPPENS. Talk Queen with racism's great enemy, Nelson Mandela. Photo from her Facebook page

Honoring South Africa's father

Aug 05, 2013 - 1:00 AM

As a nation South Africa has its own challenges but one thing is for sure when it comes to our beloved Mandela we are one and unity reigns supreme

STILL CRITICAL. A file picture dated 02 July 2005 shows South African former president Nelson Mandela waving to the crowd at the Africa Standing Tall Against Poverty concert linked to Live 8 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by EPA/Jon Hrusa

Doctors rejected turning off Mandela life support – friend

Jul 06, 2013 - 1:26 AM

This contradicts court documents that say medical practitioners advised that the life support machine of the anti apartheid icon be switched off

IMPROVING. South African democracy icon Nelson Mandela is showing improvement, according to his former wife Winnie. Photo by EPA

Obama on solemn visit to Mandela's prison island

Jun 30, 2013 - 10:02 PM

The journey to Robben Island while not Obama s first carries extra poignancy with Mandela fighting for his life in hospital in Pretoria

VISIT. US President Barack Obama looks out of the window of the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, at Robben Island. Photo from AFP

Obama will not visit Mandela in hospital

Jun 29, 2013 - 3:56 PM

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela s family

Mandela in critical condition

Jun 24, 2013 - 6:26 AM

The frail 94 year old freedom icon was previously said to be in a serious but stable condition But this deteriorated over the weekend

'NOT DYING.' South African president Thabo Mbeki says Nelson Mandela is recovering and is "not going to die tomorrow." Photo from his Facebook fan page

1988 concert for Mandela helped set him free

Jun 13, 2013 - 8:18 AM

You can t get out of jail as a terrorist but you can get out of prison as a black leader

FREEDOM FIGHTER. There were many, including Mandela himself, who asked several times that the struggle not be about him

Mandela: prisoner, president and father of 'Rainbow Nation'

Jun 08, 2013 - 10:45 PM

Nelson Mandela who was readmitted to hospital on June 8 spent 27 years as a prisoner of apartheid before he became South Africa s first black president

Mandela back in hospital: In 'serious but stable' condition

Jun 08, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Nelson Mandela is back in hospital on June 8 in a serious but stable condition suffering from a recurrent lung infection the latest health scare for South Africa s frail anti apartheid icon

BACK IN HOSPITAL. Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized with a recurrent lung infection. File photo by AFP

Mandela leaves hospital for 'high care' at home

Apr 07, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Nelson Mandela has left hospital after a 10 day stay and will now receive high care at home

Mandela spends fourth day in hospital

Mar 31, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day Sunday and is treated for pneumonia

Mandela 'in good spirits' as family visits

Dec 25, 2012 - 8:25 PM

South Africa s ailing former leader Nelson Mandela was in good spirits as his family paid a Christmas Day visit to his hospital bed

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 40 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Mandela spends Xmas in hospital

Dec 24, 2012 - 9:51 PM

94 year old Mandela is recovering from a gallstones operation and it is unknown when he will be discharged

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 40 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Mandela responding well to treatment

Dec 11, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Anti apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has been suffering from a lung infection but is responding to treatment

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 40 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Dec 08, 2012 - 11:40 PM

South African President Jacob Zuma said the anti apartheid icon is doing well now and there is no cause for alarm

South Africans sing happy birthday to Mandela

Jul 19, 2012 - 1:28 AM

We remember that he fought for us in the struggle The struggle was to fight apartheid says 12 year old Kgaugelo Masunhloane

18 years post-apartheid, S.Africans struggle for education

May 20, 2012 - 10:39 AM

A court ruling that the lack of textbooks in schools breached the constitution has returned to the fore the battle most South Africans still face to quality education 18 years after apartheid