(GIN)—Last December, Madiba’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his last wife, Graca Machel, were seen comforting each other in the wake of the statesman’s death. The warmth has cooled, if not frozen over, as Winnie opens a court fight for the estate of the former president, the validity of the will, and the legitimacy of the […]
(GIN)–The union of metalworkers, a major partner of the African National Congress with more 350,000 members, was expelled in a late night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu)—the labor federation of the ANC. The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was […]
(GIN)—In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela – another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to the taxpayer for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation […]
(GIN)—Nationwide celebration on April 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part. Voters that day sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped end the reign of white supremacists in a system known as apartheid. […]
(GIN)—As the May 7 election day in South Africa nears, former friends and allies of the ruling African National Congress are betting that voters will follow them out of the party or at least send a strong message that the country’s current direction is not good enough. A number of veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle […]
(GIN)—South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is trying to deflect harsh criticism over a finding that President Jacob Zuma’s country residence was upgraded with expensive improvements that were billed to taxpayers. The damning report, released last week, concluded a two-year study by public protector Thuli Madonsela. According to the report, entitled “Secure in comfort,” Madonsela […]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an activist in the anti-apartheid struggle, said he was dismayed at the “blatant exclusion” of Afrikaners from memorial services for Nelson Mandela.
By Diana Cariboni MONTEVIDEO (IPS)—Perhaps it’s a false contradiction. But, today there are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while few put an emphasis on his rebellion against apartheid, including armed rebellion, which landed him in prison. Mandela was a political activist and […]