Tag: Southern Africa

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Millions worldwide share difficult Mandela vigil

A South African girl holds a poster showing former South African President Nelson Mandela, while her family and other well wishers gather at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) by Jesse Washington AP National Writer As Nelson Mandela lingers in a hospital, yet another remarkable moment is helping to seal his legacy: Millions of people around the world, united by respect and gratitude, are preparing for this beloved man to die. The preparations take many forms: Prayers and vigils, pictures and candles, headlines and YouTube videos. All are measurements of his legend, and yet as the 94-year-old Mandela’s hospitalization continues, the anticipation has left many caught in an awkward limbo, sharing on a global scale what is usually a private scenario. There is no one in the world like Mandela — a victim who both governed and forgave his tormentors, a figure so universally admired that his countless honors include both America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Union’s Order of Lenin.

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South Africa: Emotion builds over Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) by Christopher Torchia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans were torn on Wednesday between the desire not to lose a critically ill Nelson Mandela, who defined the aspirations of so many of his compatriots, and resignation that the beloved former prisoner and president is approaching the end of his life.

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Grandson: Mandela hopefully coming home soon

Grandson Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) by Wandoo Makurdi JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A grandson of Nelson Mandela says hopefully he’ll be headed home soon, as the 94-year-old beloved former president marked two weeks in the hospital Friday. Ndaba Mandela addressed concerns about his grandfather’s health at a Thursday media briefing about a football invitational that will be part of celebrations surrounding Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.

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South Africa president: Mandela is improving

NELSON MANDELA (AP Photo/File) JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Nelson Mandela’s health is improving but the 94-year-old beloved anti-apartheid hero remains in serious condition, South Africa’s president said Thursday. Jacob Zuma paid a visit to Mandela in a Pretoria hospital, where the former president has been treated for six days, according to a statement released by the presidency.

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‘Africa Day’: In Ethiopia, African Union celebrates 50 years

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Young, pool) by Kirubel TadesseADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.

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SAfrica: former Pistorius detective quits force

RESIGNS–Investigating officer Hilton Botha, sits inside the court witness box during the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File) by Christopher Torchia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former lead detective in South Africa’s investigation of the murder case against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has resigned from the police force, police said Thursday.