Nelson Mandela

DETROIT (AP) — The Fidel Castro that Sam Riddle and many other African-Americans admired was not the revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the island nation in an iron grip. To them, he was a freedom fighter who cared about improving the lives of all Cubans, regardless of race. Castro, who […]

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has celebrated Nelson Mandela by crafting numerous statues and portraits of the country’s first black president. Now there’s a sculpture of the late leader’s signature shirt. A university in the city of Port Elizabeth last week unveiled a 10-foot-high (3-meter-high) sculpture inspired by the colorful shirts that Mandela, who died […]

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A grandson of Nelson Mandela accused of raping a 15-year-old girl will remain in police custody, while his defense lawyers collect more evidence for a bail hearing, a South African judge ruled on Friday. Mbuso Mandela’s bail hearing was postponed to Tuesday to give his defense team more time to locate a […]

Nelson Mandela’s 24-year-old grandson, Mbuso Mandela, has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl at a restaurant in Johannesburg. Media reports say the victim was dining with friends when she was followed into a restroom and raped inside a stall on the night of August 7. Mbuso was arrested last weekend after the victim filed […]

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are marking the anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. The former statesman died Dec. 5 last year after a long illness at the age of 95. Speaking at a formal ceremony on Friday in the capital Pretoria, Mandela’s widow Graca Machel said the former president was at peace when […]

Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of “mi Mandela,” an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”‎ According to Billboard, Elba said the release will feature South African musical talent and guest vocals from such artists as Mumford & Sons, […]

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is contesting the will of the late anti-apartheid hero in a bid to claim the country estate where he is buried reports the Daily Mail. Relatives of the South African political icon have been bickering over his estate since his death in December 2013, and Mandela’s second wife is now […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday. President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is […]

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans marked Nelson Mandela’s birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes. People picked up litter, cooked at homes for the elderly and donated food, blankets and other basic necessities to the poor. The United Nations has […]