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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.

Dec 5, 2013

Mandela’s legacy: peace, but poverty for many blacks

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.

Dec 5, 2013

Anti-graft official slams S. Africa minister for “reckless” contract

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.

Nov 29, 2013

‘Security’ swimming pool lands South Africa’s Zuma in hot water

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.