Tag: Southern Africa

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International

US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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International

White coup plotters in SAfrica get 5 to 35 years

Accused member of Afrikaner extremist group Boeremag Tom Voster, front, and co-accused Andre du Toit, left, go down to the holding cells after their sentencing at High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) by Carley PeteschAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South Africa court sentenced members of a White extremist group to jail terms ranging from five to 35 years, for high treason, plotting to kill Nelson Mandela and other charges in one of the country’s biggest post-apartheid treason trials.