Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid and fostering racial reconciliation. An African nationalist and democratic socialist, Mandela served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997..

Jacob Zuma risks Nelson Mandela's legacy with his pro-Beijing stance

President Jacob Zuma (left) and the Dalai Lama. Photos: AP, AFP

Most people would be reluctant to pick a fight with a revered Buddhist holy man and 14 other Nobel peace prize winners, but that's just what South African President Jacob Zuma has done.

Saturday, 11 October, 2014, 3:51am 3 comments

Nelson Mandela's widow treated badly by his family, book says

Ex-wife Winnie Madikizela, left, with Graca Machel. Photo: AFP

Nelson Mandela's widow was treated badly by members of his family as the peace icon was fighting for his life in hospital, excerpts from a memoir by his long-time aide have revealed.

16 Jun 2014 - 3:37am

Nelson Mandela leaves US$4m estate to family, staff, schools and ANC

Dikgang Moseneke (left) and George Bizos, two of the three executors of Nelson Mandela's will. Photo: AFP

Nelson Mandela left his roughly US$4.1 million estate to his widow, Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will released yesterday.

4 Feb 2014 - 8:59am

Hong Kong's Legco shows its pettiness in not honouring Mandela

The majority in Legco have rarely missed a chance to miss a chance. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Have you ever heard of Sheriff Rick Clark of Pickens County, South Carolina? No? I thought not, and only mention this nonentity because he is one of the very few officials in the world who managed to find an excuse not to honour the memory of the late and great Nelson Mandela.

21 Dec 2013 - 2:42am

Bogus signer at Mandela memorial was with group that 'necklaced' pair


The bogus sign language interpreter at last week's Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tyres placed around their necks, one of the interpreter's cousins and three of his friends said.

17 Dec 2013 - 11:55am 1 comment

South Africa's 'great son' Nelson Mandela buried in family plot at his boyhood home

South Africans show their emotion as they watch a broadcast of Mandela's funeral at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and most revered citizen, was laid to rest yesterday at his rural home next to the remains of three of his six children, ending a 10-day official mourning period.

16 Dec 2013 - 12:41pm

Long walk's final destination as Nelson Mandela is laid to rest

Nelson Mandela's coffin is carried by military personnel at the end of his funeral service in his ancestral village of Qunu. Photo: Reuters

Songs, speeches and the boom of artillery rang across Nelson Mandela's home village as a tribal chief draped in animal skin declared: "A great tree has fallen."

16 Dec 2013 - 12:49pm

South Africa unites for state funeral of Nelson Mandela

South Africa unites for state funeral of Nelson Mandela

The funeral of Nelson Mandela is under way in the family compound of the anti-apartheid leader in Qunu, a rural village in Eastern Cape province. The send-off in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape has drawn 4,500 guests, from relatives and South African leaders to Britain’s Prince Charles, American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

15 Dec 2013 - 4:26pm

Desmond Tutu says he will attend Nelson Mandela funeral

Desmond Tutu and former President Nelson Mandela, pictured in 2001. The retired Archbishop has said he will attend Mandela's funeral. Photo: Reuters

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu changed course on Saturday night and announced plans to attend the funeral of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela after all.

Spokesman Roger Friedman did not explain Tutu’s abrupt reversal but said Tutu would catch a flight early in the morning and be in attendance at Mandela’s funeral Sunday in the village of Qunu.

15 Dec 2013 - 11:15am

ANC delivers Nelson Mandela funeral snub to Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Ex-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela (left) and widow Graca Machel wipe their tears during a memorial to Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP

Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most prominent figures in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, has been excluded from the funeral of Nelson Mandela today in what has been described as a politically motivated snub.

15 Dec 2013 - 6:05am

Scramble for control of Nelson Mandela's financial and moral legacy

Illustration: Craig Stephens

From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it's so sought after - and the source of occasional squabbles.

15 Dec 2013 - 6:05am

How they see it

Nelson Mandela

He declared poverty an injustice, the solution for which was justice, not charity. That is a profound understanding we must take into our common future: The long walk to freedom will only be complete when we have in effect made poverty eradicable.

15 Dec 2013 - 4:14am

Dalai Lama speaks of ‘sadness’ at Mandela loss

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in July, 2013. Photo: AP

The Dalai Lama spoke on Friday of his sadness at losing his friend Nelson Mandela, whom he hailed as an affectionate and principled man.

“We are very much sad,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a live webcast broadcast organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

14 Dec 2013 - 10:17am

Hong Kong pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at memorial service

Hongkongers and members of the local South African community pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's South African community joined the city's diplomatic corps and senior government officials to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Central yesterday.

14 Dec 2013 - 8:10am 2 comments

South Africa mourns as Mandela lies in state for second day

Navy officers guard the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Photo: Xinhua

South Africans will get a second chance on Thursday to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, a day after his distraught widow joined thousands of mourners at his open casket.

Graca Machel, clad in a black headdress with her eyes shielded by sunglasses, placed both hands on the raised coffin before turning away disconsolate on Wednesday.

12 Dec 2013 - 5:52pm