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Dec 8, 2013

Insight: Family, politicians battle over “Brand Mandela”

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it’s so sought after – and the source of occasional squabbles.

Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the scramble for control of the Mandela legacy – both financial and moral – will involve his family, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to protect his broader message.

Dec 8, 2013

Family, politicians battle over “Brand Mandela”

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8 (Reuters) – From political posters to
bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson
Mandela is a potent commercial and political brand in South
Africa. Little wonder it’s so sought after – and the source of
occasional squabbles.

Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the
scramble for control of the Mandela legacy – both financial and
moral – will involve his family, the ruling African National
Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to
protect his broader message.

Dec 6, 2013

South Africa mourns Mandela, will bury him on Dec. 15

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Africans united in
mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated
his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the
anti-apartheid hero’s death would make the nation vulnerable
again to racial and social tensions.

President Jacob Zuma said the anti-apartheid hero would be
buried on Dec. 15 at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape.

Dec 6, 2013

With song and sadness, South Africans mourn Mandela

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Africans united in
mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated
his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the
anti-apartheid hero’s death would make the nation vulnerable
again to racial and social tensions.

As the country’s 52 million people absorbed the news that
their beloved former president had departed forever, many
expressed shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol
of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.

Dec 6, 2013

South Africans, some fearful, mourn Mandela

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Africans united in
mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but some feared the
anti-apartheid hero’s death could leave their country vulnerable
again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to
pacify.

As dawn broke and commuters headed to work, many expressed
shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of
reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.

Dec 6, 2013

South Africans, some fearful, wake to life without Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africans woke on Friday to a future without Nelson Mandela, and some said they feared the anti-apartheid hero’s death could leave their country vulnerable again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to pacify.

As dawn broke and commuters headed to work in the capital, Pretoria, the commercial hub, Johannesburg, and Cape Town in the south, many were still in shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.

Dec 2, 2013

South Africa charges Czech gold dealer with gangland violence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A Czech gold and diamond dealer who has been evading police for eight years was charged with a gangland-style attempted murder and kidnapping in a South African court on Monday.

Radovan Krejcir, 45, who is also wanted in the Czech Republic on multiple counts of fraud, pleaded not guilty as he applied for bail, and alleged he had been tortured with electric shocks while in police custody.

Nov 26, 2013

South Africa’s biggest union may break away from ANC

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s biggest
union is considering pulling out of the ANC-aligned COSATU
labour federation to form its own political entity, a split that
could hurt the ruling party in next year’s elections, senior
union sources said on Tuesday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
is increasingly at odds with the African National Congress (ANC)
and COSATU – part of an official, three-way governing alliance
that also includes the Communist Party – over labour policies it
says are too pro-business.

Oct 29, 2013

Pistorius to face additional gun charges in murder trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March next year, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Pistorius, who is on bail, says he acted in self defense mistaking his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot and killed her on Valentine’s Day at his upmarket home in February. She was shot in the head, arm and hip.

Oct 14, 2013

France’s Hollande: Central African Republic troubles could spill over

PRETORIA (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Monday the collapse of the Central African Republic could destabilize the region, as he sought to drum up support for increased military intervention while on a state visit to South Africa.

France committed on Sunday to increasing the number of troops in its former colony by year-end, under a U.N. resolution, to help prevent the state spiraling out of control with the risk the power vacuum could encourage militancy.