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South Africa: Mandela’s will worth $4.1 million

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The executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate say he left behind about $4.1 million and that the will’s beneficiaries include his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the liberation movement during white rule that now governs South Africa.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mandela signer admitted to psychiatric hospital

A sign language interpreter during the memorial service at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The interpreter was accused ob December 11, 2013, of being a fake who merely flapped his arms around during speeches. AFP FILE PHOTO

The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, who said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service after being labelled a fraud, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, South African media reported Thursday.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mandela statue unveiled in South Africa capital

Helicopters perform a flypast as smoke rises from a gun salute after the unveiling of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday. AP

South Africa has unveiled a gigantic statue of anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela to cheers and singing at the Union Buildings in its capital.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Africa buries Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket is taken by military gun carriage to his burial place following his funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Odd Andersen, Pool)

Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in the African ground he loved after a funeral ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and fly-overs by military aircraft as well as a eulogy by a traditional leader wearing an animal skin.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Traditional tribal rituals at Mandela’s funeral

Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela, right, watches as local chiefs drape the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a lion skin as it arrives at the Mandela residence in Qunu, South Africa, December 14, 2013. AP

An ox is slaughtered, the deceased is wrapped in a lion skin and a family elder keeps talking to the body’s spirit: The state funeral for South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will also include those rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa people, to whom Mandela’s Thembu clan belongs.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Uncategorized,World | Read More »

South Africa holds state funeral for Mandela

Britain's Prince Charles, right, is greeted by another mourner as he arrives for the funeral service for former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, December 15, 2013. AP

Big guns fired a salute in the rural village where Nelson Mandela grew up and military servicemen marched stiffly behind his casket on a winding dirt road Sunday as South Africa said goodbye for the last time to the man who reconciled the country in its most vulnerable period.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

South Africa prepares to bury Mandela

South African mourners wave and cheer as the hearse transporting the body of Former President Nelson Mandela passes through the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. AP

Several thousand guests, some singing and dancing, gathered Sunday for Nelson Mandela’s state funeral in a huge tent at the family compound of the anti-apartheid leader.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Mandela reaches final resting place

Handout photo released by the GCIS shows Nelson Mandela's grandson standing next to the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela while being taken on December 14, 2013 to his former home in Qunu. The cortege carrying Nelson Mandela's body reached his final resting place, his boyhood village of Qunu, on Saturday. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. AFP PHOTO / GCIS / ELMOND JIYANE

Nelson Mandela’s remains were returned to his beloved rural childhood village ahead of a traditional burial on Sunday, the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Tutu ‘not invited’ to Mandela burial

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu. AP FILE PHOTO

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu said Saturday he was not invited to the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela, amid allegations he was snubbed for political reasons.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mandela’s ‘long walk’ nears its end

Nelson Mandela. AP FILE PHOTO

Nelson Mandela will embark on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, when his remains are returned to his rural childhood home for traditional burial.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Fake interpreter reportedly faced murder charge

In this file photo from Dec.10, 2013, Thamsanqa Jantjie, right, interprets in sign language for President Barack Obama during his remarks at a memorial service at FNB Stadium in honor of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, near Johannesburg. The South African government says it is aware of reports that Jantjie faced a murder charge a decade ago, and says he is being investigated. AP

South Africa’s government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Interpreter for Mandela event: I was hallucinating

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa,Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. AP

The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has told The Associated Press that he has schizophrenia, had visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” Thamsanqa Jantjie also said he has been violent in the past.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Fake’ deaf signer at Mandela event claims illness

A sign language interpreter during the memorial service at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The interpreter was accused ob December 11, 2013, of being a fake who merely flapped his arms around during speeches. AFP FILE PHOTO

The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for accusations that he was an imposter who gesticulated nonsense during the entire service.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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