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Dec 12, 2013

Mandela mimer hits back: I’m sign language champion

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating gibberish during a memorial to Nelson Mandela defended his “champion” performance on Thursday, but said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage.

The interpreter, identified as 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg’s Star newspaper he started hearing voices in his head and hallucinating, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world.

Dec 11, 2013

South Africa hunts for mystery Mandela mimer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A fake sign language interpreter took to the stage during a mass memorial for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world.

DeafSA, South Africa’s leading deaf association, condemned the presence of the unknown man at the memorial, which was attended by President Jacob Zuma and scores of world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.

Dec 9, 2013

Friend and foe, world leaders coming together for Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – More than 70 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers, officials said on Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Raul Castro from Cuba, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Britain’s David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday’s main send-off in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, reflecting the global appeal of South Africa’s first black leader, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Dec 9, 2013

More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – More than 70 world leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani are flying to South Africa for events commemorating Nelson Mandela this week, an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers.

Cuban leader Raul Castro, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Britain’s David Cameron will also join what is set to be one of the biggest meetings of global dignitaries in recent history on Tuesday at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Dec 9, 2013

South Africans remember Mandela with praise and prayers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as a symbol of freedom, forgiveness and hope for the nation and the world.

At churches, mosques, synagogues and community halls from the Limpopo River to the Cape, millions offered praise and reflected on a man celebrated as “Father of the Nation” and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation.

Dec 8, 2013

South Africa remembers Mandela with day of prayers

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8 (Reuters) – With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colours and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as an example to build a better nation and world.

At churches, mosques, synagogues and community halls across the country, from the Limpopo River to the Cape, millions offered praise and reflected on a man celebrated as “Father of the Nation” and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation.

Dec 7, 2013

Sports-mad South Africa salutes Mandela “The Captain”

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sports-mad South Africa saluted Nelson Mandela on Saturday with smiles and moments of silence in honor of the late anti-apartheid leader, who inspired people to pursue the impossible from politics to the playing field.

The tributes stretched across the sporting spectrum, from club cricket and fun runs to top fixtures such as a League Cup final between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates, the Soweto giants believed to have been Mandela’s favorite soccer side.

Dec 6, 2013

Mandela’s death takes heat off South Africa’s Zuma – for now

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A week ago, South African President Jacob Zuma was a leader on the back foot, ridiculed in a front-page cartoon by a newspaper accusing him of blowing $20 million of public money on a security upgrade to his private home.

Seven days later, he has gained some political respite through the death of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, an event of such enormity in the “Rainbow Nation” that Zuma’s troubles could be banished from headlines well into next year.

Dec 6, 2013

South Africa, world mourn ‘giant for justice’ Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant.

Although Mandela had been frail and ailing for nearly a year, Zuma’s announcement late on Thursday of the death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate shook South Africa.

Dec 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela has died: President Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.

Mandela, the country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy.