Tselane Tambo shares her memories of Uncle Nelson, her father’s best friend and comrade
Prosecutor Louis Mashiane and a witness were threatened, allegedly by Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his three co-accused, the Palm Ridge Regional Court has heard.
Nelson Mandela was more than just a liberation icon. He ignited the world’s imagination, becoming a global rock star and new-school pope. Charl Blignaut tries to unpack the symbols that created the myths that generated brand Mandela
Former President Nelson Mandela belongs to no political party; he belongs to all the people of South Africa.
A former policeman shot himself and later died after shooting his wife, another officer and two bystanders in Odendaalsrus, Welkom.
As former president Nelson Mandela finally rests, it is certain his face will be enveloped in a gentle, enduring smile, former ANC secretary-general Walter Sisulu said in a posthumous letter.
Nelson Mandela was a difficult man to protect, says one of the first bodyguards the former president had after his release from prison.
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He was a father – not to his children alone. He was a father – not only to South Africa. He was a father – not only to Africa, but to the entire world. God gave us 95 years to share with him in this world. His passing should ignite the world to live with the ideals that he lived by. We are thankful for the time we had with him. Thank you, Madiba.Not:
All lawyer Nomzama Zondo seemed to be doing wrong was celebrating with her clients after winning a court case for traders to return to their spots. Instead, Joburg metro police arrested her and ignored the judgment of the Constitutional Court against the council. But courts are the final arbiters of disputes and their decisions should be respected by all.
Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
African Union leaders mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, honouring the former anti-apartheid leader’s fight for pan-Africanism and liberation on the continent.
Two decades ago in Oslo, Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk stood side by side in Oslo and accepted the Nobel peace prize, a moment that epitomised the reconciliation of enemies.
Former president Nelson Mandela was the type of person who couldn’t even kill an insect, close friend and comrade of many years Ahmed Kathrada has said.
In celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life, South Africa ought to ask whether the quality of leadership it has, does measure up to the task of transforming the country, says former president Thabo Mbeki.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa.
- Mandela family: We are melancholic but we do not despair
- Best thing we can do for Madiba: a decent funeral – Gwede Mantashe
- Jacob Zuma: Pray that we don’t forget Mandela’s values
- Czech premier would rather do lunch and dinner than attend Madiba funeral
- John Kerry urges Israel, Palestinians to make peace like Mandela
South Africa’s new Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, has no plans to fill his predecessor’s shoes.
Both Graça Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are aware of the love, support and care extended to the family “in this hour of need”, family spokesperson retired Lieutenant-General Themba Matanzima has said.
- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says emotional goodbye to Madiba
- We urged Mandela to refuse Nobel peace prize – Tokyo Sexwale
- Thabo Mbeki: Do our leaders have what it takes?
- Netanyahu to miss Mandela memorial because SA trip ‘too expensive’
- Best thing we can do for Madiba: a decent funeral – Gwede Mantashe
He preached and believed that we should live in peace, that we should live in unity and should be united as the rainbow nation.
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- MT @mbanjwax: According to flight schedule some of the presidents will leave after the memorial service at FNB Stadium tomorrow. #Madiba 3 hours ago
- MT @mbanjwax: Also presidents of Kenya, Botswana, Germany will arrive today. US marines are at Waterkloof but no word on Obama yet. #Madiba 3 hours ago
- MT @mbanjwax: President of Chad will arrive at 3pm followed by Benin, Senegal, Canada, China, Equatorial Guinea, DRC, France, UAE... #Madiba 3 hours ago
- .@mbanjwax is at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria for the arrival of dignitaries and heads of state. #Madiba 3 hours ago
- GALLERY: South Africans of all faiths pray for Mandela: http://t.co/PFKomhIKxi #Madiba 3 hours ago