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Madiba you have fought a tireless battle. With your intellectual intelligence at par with your emotional intelligence, my heartfelt condolences to your family and those near you. My hope and prayer is that the Pan-African leadership has not died with you..
South African Leader Nelson Mandela Dead at 95
Mandela challenged white establishment with walk-outs, protests and marches that displayed frustrations throughout country.
By Emily Feldman
| Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 | Updated 1:57 PM PST
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s iconic former president whose lifelong struggle against apartheid helped break the country’s system of racial discrimination, died Thursday at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced the anti-apartheid crusader’s death at a somber press conference Thursday.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell,” Zuma told his country.
Mandela had been in and out of the hospital for months. In June, he was admitted to a Pretoria facility for treatment of a recurring lung infection, according to a statement released by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. He returned home three months later, on Sept. 1, even though his condition remained critical and at times unstable, according to the government. His family applauded the move, saying it would allow them to better provide “love and support” for the ailing icon.
Mandela had suffered from lung problems since he contracted tuberculosis on South Africa’s Robben Island, where he spent 27 years as a political prisoner. Controversial images of the former leader broadcast by state television after an April hospitalization for pneumonia showed him blank-faced and visibly ailing.
Though his declining health kept him from the public eye in his final years, Mandela’s home on the country’s Eastern Cape remained a routine stopping point for world leaders and dignitaries seeking a visit with one of the century’s most beloved statesmen.
Perhaps even more than his improbable path from South Africa’s most-wanted man to its first democratically elected president (not to mention the first member of the country’s black majority to hold such an office), it was Mandela’s public composure and grace in the face of injustice that elevated him to pantheon of civil rights heroes.
As a young lawyer and leader of the African National Congress’s Youth Wing, an anti-apartheid activist group, Mandela challenged the white establishment with walk-outs, protests and marches that displayed the frustrations simmering throughout the country’s impoverished townships. When the government responded by tightening its grip, Mandela and his fellow activists pushed harder, enduring beatings and jail time for their defiance.
As the government ratcheted up its brutality, killing 69 unarmed protesters in the Johannesburg suburb of Sharpeville in 1960, Mandela eventually resorted to sabotage, applying pressure through attacks on state-owned property. For that, he was convicted of treason. At his sentencing, moments before he would vanish behind bars for 27 years, he gave a famously stirring speech on the “ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”—an ideal for which he said he was prepared to die.
Nearly three decades later, he walked out of prison, 71 years old with a head of gray hair, and pumped skyward. Unbroken by years of hard labor, he soon embarked on an international tour urging supporters to continue their sanctions against the South African government, despite President F. W. de Klerk’s reforms, which included freeing Mandela from prison. (The pair shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for “laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”)
From the U.S. to Japan to the U.K., Mandela was received with euphoria, drawing throngs of banner-waving supporters. In London, luminaries from the music and movie world gathered at Wembley Stadium for a tribute concert to the recently freed icon. In a visit to New York two months later, according to a New York Times report, Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch wept as Mandela praised David Dinkins, the city’s first black mayor.
Amid all his travel, Mandela, as a leader of the ANC, was also faced with the domestic challenge of negotiating a path to peace in a country that was arguably more polarized than ever. Working with the government and other opposing political factions, he helped lay the groundwork for the country’s first democratic presidential election, which he won in 1994 with more than 60 percent of the vote. In his victory address, he said it was time to “heal the old wounds and build a new South Africa.”
His five-year tenure was tumultuous, as both crime and unemployment spiked. But his single term was also marked by inspiring glimpses of what a multi-racial democratic South Africa could be. One such glimpse, recalled in Clint Eastwood’s 2009 film “Invictus,” was the country’s unlikely 1995 rugby World Cup victory over New Zealand, when South Africans of all races united to cheer the home team and “their” president, whose name they chanted from the stands.
Even after his presidency, he continued his role of mediator, conciliator and adviser, participating in a variety of peace talks and negotiations between sparring nations. He established the Elders, a group of retired political figures including Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan, who campaigned for human rights, equality and peace. He established the Mandela Rhodes Foundation to help young, talented Africans develop into future political and social leaders, and in 2010, he campaigned for and appeared at South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup when he was 91 years old and still a powerful living symbol of hope and unity.
Mondli Makhanya, the former editor-in-chief of South Africa’s Sunday Times, called Mandela “the glue that binds South Africa together” in a 2009 interview with The New York Times, and said that upon his death, the fearful question facing the nation would be, “who will bind us?”
Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mthatha, formerly Umtata, in eastern South Africa. His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. He was raised by the chief of the Tembu tribe after his father, a prominent tribal adviser, died when Mandela was still a child. Mandela would come to be known affectionately in South Africa by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba. He was educated at a Christian school, where he was given the English name Nelson, and later went to college, where he first became politically active. He earned a law degree from the University of South Africa. His first two marriages — to Evelyn Ntoko Mase, a nurse, in 1944 and Nomzamo Winnie Madikileza, a political activist, in 1958 — ended in divorce. He had four children with his first wife, three of whom died, and two children with his second wife. He remarried again at the age of 80 to Graca Machel, a human rights activist and the widow of the late president of Mozambique.
In addition to his wife, Mandela is survived by three children and more than 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Contrary to what Uhuru Kenyatta may think, freedom of expression is something that many Kenyans cherish. And Uhuru will NOT take it away.
Anyway, as we mourn Nelson Mandela’s death, it would be extremely stupid not to draw lessons from his life and to see how they apply to Kenya.
When Jomo Kenyatta got out of prison, he went on to become president. His family also amassed a huge fortune, especially in land. Also, under Jomo’s watch Pio Gama Pinto, Argwings Kodhek, Tom Mboya and JM Kariuki were assassinated.
How does this legacy compare to Mandela’s?
Let’s just say that I’m highly embarrassed by certain aspects of Jomo Kenyatta’s legacy.
Yes, the truth must be told.
RIP Nelson Mandela !Todays ANC is led by traitors ,There is no big diff btw during Arpatheid and ANC led by Zuma or Beki What has a common Native of South Africa benefitted when One of their own Replaced a White-Boer?South AfricanNatives still lives in Soweto and there is no hope to change that situation. A South African Worker is still working in a White farm with the same starvanging wages.South African Miners in todays ANC led government by Black traitors are massacred for demanding higher wages hence dangerous working environment (note) these Mines are kilometers below the surface Deep Underground mines) The People of the Republic Of South Africa needs to carry on Struggle this time avery revolutionary one and Wake the rest of this sleeping Continent with Millions of idle youth who should be mobilized and free the Continent from both Local and foreign exploiters.
Prior to the US invasion of Iraq, Mandela slammed the actions of the US at a speech made at the International Women’s Forum in Johannesburg, declaring that former President George W. Bush’s primary motive was ‘oil’, while adding that Bush was undermining the UN.
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings,” Mandela
As the US prepared invade Iraq, Mandela told Newsweek:
“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.”
Mandela was a long-time supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and made a speech to reporters in 1999, in which he agreed to be a political mediator between Israel and its neighbors.
“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank,” Mandela stated, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency’s Suzanne Belling.
Mandela met with Fidel Castro in 1991, giving a speech alongside him entitled “How Far We Slaves Have Come.” The country was commemorating the 38th anniversary of the storming of the Moncada, and Mandela hailed Cuba’s ‘special place’ in the heart of the people of Africa, its revolution, and how far the country had come.
“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orchestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution….Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.”July 26, 1991
Mandela urged for the end to harsh UN sanctions imposed upon Libya in 1997, and pledged his support for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was a longtime supporter of his.
“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader…especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters,” Mandela said
On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, December 4. 1997, Mandela assembled a group “as South Africans, our Palestinian guests and as humanists to express our solidarity with the people of Palestine.” At the speech, he called for the metaphorical flames of solidarity, justice, and freedom to be kept burning.
“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
See Nelson Mandela’s ‘I Am Prepared To Die’ Speech, Which Put Him In Prison For 27 Years
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In June 1964, Nelson Mandela was convicted of sabotage for his role as an ANC activist against the former apartheid regime of South Africa, in which only white people were allowed to vote. Mandela had been accused of inciting strikes by workers and leaving the country without permission of the government.
Before he was sentenced, he made a famous “speech from the dock,” which ends with the words — in reference to his ideals and his country — “I am prepared to die.”
The Mandela Foundation describes the trial this way:
In the Rivonia Trial Mr Mandela chose, instead of testifying, to make a speech from the dock and proceeded to hold the court spellbound for more than four hours. His speech, which was made at the beginning of the defence case, ended with the words:
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Mandela (with Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada and Denis Goldberg) were sentenced to life in prisonment. Mandela spent the better part of the next three decades as a prisoner on Robben Island.
Upon his release in 1990, a day that was the beginning of the end of apartheid, Mandela made another famous speech, in front of 100,000 people in Johannesburg. It was broadcast live around the world. For most people, it was the first time they had seen or heard Mandela since the early 1960s.
Mandela died today, at the age of 95.
This brief documentary covers the history of Nelson Mandela, his involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle, and his legacy of humanitarianism.
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Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela’s children and grandchildren are currently active in more than 110 companies, according to company information.
Their wealth was held in a network of at least 24 trusts established by Ismail Ayob, the family’s former lawyer, Beeld reported on Monday.
Some of the trusts own several expensive properties in Johannesburg’s upmarket neighbourhoods.
Makaziwe Mandela’s 3 575m² house in Hyde Park, for example, is owned by the Makaziwe M Trust and, according to the latest property valuation, was worth about R13.6m.
However, it was virtually impossible to determine the full extent of the Mandela family’s wealth and interests, because of the network of trusts in which the assets were held, as well as the lack of public documentation providing information.
The most recognisable Mandela entrepreneurs were his granddaughters Zaziwe and Zamaswazi (Swati) Dlamini, who had a reality show on TV and had also launched a Mandela clothing range.
Grandson Zondwa Mandela was recently in the news because of his involvement with President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma and their association with the controversial Aurora mine.
Company information showed the Mandela children and grandchildren had, over the past two decades, been involved in about 200 companies extending over a wide range of sectors, including real estate, investments, railway engineering, minerals, medical firms, fashion, and entertainment.
Makaziwe, Mandela’s eldest daughter, was an active director in 16 companies, including the South African subsidiary of the Swiss multinational food giant Nestle, a shopping centre in Kimberley, two railway engineering companies, and four companies apparently engaged in mineral exploration.
Zenani Dlamini, Mandela’s other daughter and currently South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina, was an active director of nine companies.
She was previously associate director of a company with Clinton Nassif, who was implicated in the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.
Zondwa Mandela, Khulubuse Zuma, and Zuma’s lawyer Michael Hulley were co-directors in Labat Africa.
The three were at one stage directors of the Aurora mine, but Hulley had since resigned.
Nandi Mandela, Mandela’s granddaughter, was a co-director in a city planning company Linda Masinga & Associates, which according to the company’s website, had completed numerous municipal contracts for municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to Beeld, Nelson Mandela himself did not possess many assets registered in his own name.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation Trust in 2012 paid R2.9m to “The Founder”, slightly more than the R2.8m of the previous year.
As a former president Nelson Mandela also receives a lifelong presidential pension.
Kenya Senator Mike Sonko’s Photoshopped Nelson Mandela Photo Exposed
Sunglasses senator replaced image of Muhammad Ali with himself to claim kinship with anti-apartheid hero
A politican famous for refusing to take off his sunglasses has been caught out basking in the glow of Nelson Mandela via some hapless Photoshop work.
Senator in the Kenyan government Mike Sonko was widely ridiculed after an image of him apparently in a close grasp with Mandela was published in the wake of the death of the former South Africa president.
Just like almost every other politician on the planet, it seems Sonko wanted to weave himself into the anti-apartheid icon’s story. This he attempted to do with some frankly sloppy Photoshopping.
The deception was spotted almost immediately by web users who then discovered that Sonko had erased from the original image another global figure – none other than Muhammed Ali , the former boxer.
One user pointed out that Sonko was not as tall as the doctored image suggested.
Sonko’s attention-seeking image-tinkering mishap recalls other times that public officials have been caught out in hamfisted publicity efforts. In China, the Communist party released a doctored picture of a deputy major and three lackeys looming like giants over a tiny old woman after something went in the editing process.
Sonko lost his post as an MP in 2010 after refusing to remove his shades and jewellery in parliament but was elected as senator earlier this year.