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US intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela made public

JOHANNESBURG: Thousands of pages of US intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela were made public on Wednesday, revealing that Washington continued to monitor the South African anti-apartheid hero as a potential Communist menace even after he was released from prison, a group that sued to obtain the papers said. The Washington-based group Property of the People released the papers to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. It said it obtained them after years of litigation. “The documents reveal that, just as it did in…

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela dies at 81

JOHANNESBURG: Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday at the age of 81, her spokesman said. She died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness, spokesman Victor Dlamini said in a statement. Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the battle to end white-minority rule but her place in history was also stained by controversy. "It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that Mrs Winnie…

Nelson Mandela funeral fund lost $22 million to corruption, family ‘shocked’

JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela 's family has expressed "indignation and dismay" at allegations that officials stole and misspent $22 million intended for the anti-apartheid icon's memorial events after his death in 2013. The country's anti-corruption watchdog last week said it had uncovered evidence that millions of dollars disappeared during preparations for Mandela's memorial and funeral. Officials are alleged to have inflated costs, awarded tenders fraudulently and generally mismanaged the huge state occasion which…

Sequel launched to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk’ autobiography

JOHANNESBURG: The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be released on Thursday after his unfinished draft was completed by a South African writer, his foundation announced. Titled "Dare not Linger", the book tells of Mandela's five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa in 1994. "Long Walk to Freedom", published shortly after the election, was a global best-seller, selling more than 14 million copies, and was turned…

Nelson Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow

JOHANNESBURG: A new book detailing Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random House said Monday. The book by Mandela's physician Vejay Ramlakan was released last week to coincide with the late anti-apartheid leader's birthday, July 18, which is marked each year as Mandela Day. It revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela's life as well as bitter family squabbles over his care and legacy, prompting fury from his widow Graca…

Gifts to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II go on display

LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is putting gifts received from world leaders on display at Buckingham Palace, with the eclectic collection including presents from the likes of Nelson Mandela and John F. Kennedy. A remarkable array of over 200 gifts will go on display from Saturday, providing an intriguing reminder of the globetrotting lifestyle and international encounters of the 91-year-old sovereign. "One of the most universal aspects of the Queen's meetings with other heads of state, both at home and abroad, is the…

South African anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada dead at 87

JOHANNESBURG: Leading South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the long struggle against white rule, died early Tuesday aged 87, his eponymous charity foundation said. Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which drew worldwide attention and highlighted the brutal legal system under the apartheid regime. He died in hospital in Johannesburg after a short illness following brain surgery. Kathrada spent 26…

Nobel laureate Archbishop Tutu celebrates 85th birthday  

CAPETOWN: South African retired Anglican archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu celebrated his 85th birthday Friday presiding over eucharist at his home church in Cape Town, an AFP photographer said. He paid a moving tribute to St George's Cathedral before laying his head on the communion table and briefly wept. "I have reached the stage in life when I am closer to the departure than arrivals hall," said Tutu, who was discharged from hospital late last month for the treatment of a nagging infection. "I have…