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.
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.
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.
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.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – In the 10 years after he withdrew from public life, Nelson Mandela divided his time between a mansion in one of Johannesburg’s wealthiest suburbs and his ancestral home in Qunu, a village in South Africa’s impoverished eastern Cape.
The contrast could not have been starker.
In one, his neighbors were cast in the image of the white “Rand Lords”, the mining magnates and bankers who built the sprawling city – and Africa’s biggest economy – from the vast gold reserves in the rock beneath their feet.
PRETORIA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – South Africa’s top corruption
watchdog called on Thursday for President Jacob Zuma to punish
his agriculture minister over “improper” handling of a fisheries
patrol contract, the latest scandal to hit his cabinet six
months before an election.
In scathing criticism, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela
accused Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina
Joematt-Pettersson of reckless conduct that led to a waste of
state money and an increase in illegal fishing.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s top anti-corruption watchdog says President Jacob Zuma should repay some of a $21 million publicly funded “security upgrade” to his private home that included a swimming pool and cattle enclosure, a newspaper said on Friday.
The Mail and Guardian weekly said a provisional report by the Public Protector entitled ‘Opulence on a Grand Scale’ found Zuma had derived “substantial” personal gain from the improvements to his private compound at Nkandla in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal province.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ won rave reviews from South Africans who flocked to its opening night but critics were unimpressed, with one describing the latest biopic about the anti-apartheid leader as overly reverential ANC propaganda.
With South Africa’s first black president now 95 and in poor health, cinema-goers were in emotional mood at Thursday’s first airing of the 150-minute epic, which stars British actors Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Turkish mobile phone company Turkcell has taken to a South African court with its $4.2 billion lawsuit against rival MTN Group, alleging it was the victim of corruption and bribery that caused it to lose a contract in Iran.
Turkcell originally pursued the case against Johannesburg-based MTN in the United States but dropped it in May after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate case made clear that U.S. courts would not have jurisdiction in a claim involving two foreign firms in an overseas dispute.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African school exam that asked drama students how they would stage a scene about the rape of a baby was condemned on Wednesday as a crass attempt to address some of the world’s worst levels of sexual violence.
In the nationwide exam sat this week, thousands of students aged around 17 were posed questions about the critically acclaimed play “Tshepang”, based on the real-life 2001 rape of an infant by her mother’s boyfriend.