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.
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.
US President Barack Obama led world tributes Tuesday to Nelson Mandela, hailing him as “a giant of history” at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration.
Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel on Tuesday made her first public appearance since his death as she arrived helped along by friends at the Soweto stadium for his memorial.
A commentary of former New York Times correspondent and now Human Rights Watch researcher Carlos Conde hits home especially with today’s celebration of International Human Rights Day. “Before you, Filipino Public Official, launch your pandering, hollow worship of Nelson Mandela, keep this in mind: he was a champion of human rights,” Conde wrote in his [...]
Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, who barely left her husband’s bedside in the final six months of his life, has hardly been seen in the wake of his death.
In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.
Fifty-three heads of state and government have so far confirmed attendance at upcoming memorial events for peace icon Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Sunday.
He was with Nelson Mandela during all those years the anti-apartheid icon was imprisoned on Robben Island. And, like millions around the world, he has been hit hard by Mandela’s death.
A grieving South Africa started preparing Saturday to host a unique gathering of world leaders for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, as his family expressed their profound sadness and loss at the anti-apartheid icon’s death.
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will attend a South African national memorial service Tuesday in honor of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, a White House official said.
South Africa on Saturday began preparations to host US President Barack Obama and other world leaders eager to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela during 10 days of mourning for the antiapartheid icon.