Apartheid

  • South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies July 14, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement...
  • With a hole in its heart, South Africa buries Nelson Mandela December 15, 2013

    Qunu: South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central pillar. The Nobel peace laureate, who suffered 27 years in apartheid prisons before emerging...
  • For Mandela, harsh island jail was a crucible December 10, 2013

    Cape Town: A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, 11 kilometers (seven miles) across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist apartheid system. The island jail was where Mandela became a worldwide...
  • Nelson Mandela will always be my hero: Oprah Winfrey December 8, 2013

    London: Chat show queen Oprah Winfrey says former South African President Nelson Mandela will always be her inspiration. Winfrey, 59, had interviewed Mandela in 2000 about his 27-year prison sentence for opposing South Africa's apartheid government and his later rise to the country's presidency, reported Digital Spy. The chat show host...
  • South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela December 7, 2013

    This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela's watch, inspired the world by embracing reconciliation in all-race elections in 1994 is again in the global spotlight after the loss of such a towering historical figure. It is a time not just for grief and gratitude, but also a clear-eyed assessment...
  • Nelson Mandela to be buried on December 15 in Qunu December 6, 2013

    Johannesburg: South Africa President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela will be buried on December 15. President Jacob Zuma also said on Friday that a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held for the anti-apartheid leader on December 10. Zuma said that Mandela's body will lie in state at government...
  • Parliament pays tribute to Nelson Mandela December 6, 2013

    Both houses of parliament have been adjourned till Monday to pay tribute to South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela. President Pranab Mukherjee also condoled his death, calling Mandela a statesman and an inspiration for humanity. Mandela has been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest honour. ...
  • Mandela's death comes a week after release of film on him December 6, 2013

    Johannesburg: Revered peace icon Nelson Mandela's death on Friday came barely a week after the release of a movie based on his autobiography that Indian-origin South African filmmaker Anant Singh spent almost 20 years to make. The movie 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' on the 95-year-old leader has been setting box...
  • Nelson Mandela remains stable but critical, informs South African government November 18, 2013

    Nelson Mandela remains "stable but critical" and is responding to treatment, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday after he visited the ailing 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon. "The health of the former President remains much the same," a statement from by Zuma's office said. Mandela, who spent 27 years in apartheid jail...
  • Mandela unable to speak, remains quite ill, says former wife Winnie November 17, 2013

    Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remains "quite ill" and is using facial gestures to communicate with his family and doctors, the former South African President's ex-wife has said. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old leader was, however, not on life support but he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that...
  • Lalu's jail term same as Nelson Mandela's, says RJD October 27, 2013

    Drawing a parallel between Lalu Prasad and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, Jharkhand minister Annapurna Devi, on Sunday, said the jailed leader would be a "future challenger" for the post of prime minister. "Nelson Mandela had been jailed for 27 years following his protest against the apartheid regime. When he came out...
  • Mandela still in hospital, not discharged: S Africa government September 1, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has been receiving medical treatment for three months for a lung ailment, is still in hospital in Pretoria in a critical but stable condition, the government said on Saturday. The presidency said reports by some international media that the revered anti-apartheid leader, who is...
  • Nelson Mandela's condition still critical but stable: South African Presidency August 31, 2013

    Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is still in hospital in a critical but stable condition, the South African Presidency said on Saturday, denying media reports that the former President had been discharged. "Madiba (Mandela's clan name) is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At...
  • Nelson Mandela is 'unstable' but resilient, says SA presidency August 24, 2013

    Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is 'unstable' at times but has demonstrated 'great resilience' as he remains critical in hospital, South Africa's presidency said on Saturday. "While at times, his condition becomes unstable, the doctors indicate that the former President has demonstrated great resilience and his condition tends to stabilise as...
  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela making 'slow but steady' improvement August 12, 2013

    Johannesburg: Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health is slowly recovering but he remains in a critical condition, the government said on Sunday, in its first update on his health in nearly two weeks. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader has been in a Pretoria hospital for two months for treatment of a...
  • Nelson Mandela making 'slow but steady' improvement, government says August 11, 2013

    Johannesburg: Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health is slowly recovering but he remains in a critical condition, the government said on Sunday, in its first update on his health in nearly two weeks. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader has been in a Pretoria hospital for two months for treatment of a...
  • World leaders hail Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 95th birthday July 18, 2013

    The world leaders have expressed their best wishes to Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday as the former South African president continued to battle for life in a hospital. ...
  • Pak Hindus victims of 'religious apartheid': Hindu group June 30, 2013

    Karachi: Hindus in Pakistan are not equal citizens of the state but victims of a "religious apartheid", a newly formed Hindu group has said, demanding a special session of Parliament to probe persecution of Hindus and other minorities in the country. Hindu community feels insecure in this country due to...
  • South Africa: Mandela's health improves; he is critical but stable June 30, 2013

    South Africans have been keeping a vigil outside Pretoria Hospital, where Nelson Mandela has been hospitalised. ...
  • Obama meets Mandela family, police disperse protesters June 30, 2013

    Johannesburg: US President Barack Obama met the family of South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on Saturday, offering words of comfort and praising the critically ill retired statesman as one of history's greatest figures. The faltering health of Mandela, 94, a figure admired globally as a symbol of struggle...
  • Mandela 'critical but stable', says South African President June 29, 2013

    Pretoria: Nelson Mandela's condition remains "critical but stable", South African President Jacob Zuma said on Saturda hoping the anti-apartheid icon would leave hospital soon, as US President Barack Obama visits the country. "These are very excellent doctors who are dealing with him," Zuma said in a joint press conference with...
  • Mandela family feud over where he should be buried June 29, 2013

    Johannesburg: As Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in hospital on Friday, a family feud over where the 94-year-old former president should be buried went to the courts, according to South Africa's national broadcaster. Mandela's oldest daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members have pressed a court application to get Mandela's...
  • Mandela is a personal hero, his legacy will stay: Obama June 28, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health has "improved" overnight but he is still in critical condition and on life support. US President Barack Obama began his week long visit to South Africa in Senegal where he told the press that Mandela was a personal hero of his and also...
  • South Africa: Mandela responding to touch June 28, 2013

    Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela's health improved overnight and his condition remains critical but is now stable, the South African government said Thursday in a statement that brought a measure of relief to the country. One of the former president's daughters said he was still opening his eyes and reacting to the...
  • Nelson Mandela's daughter raps foreign media 'vultures' June 28, 2013

    Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter lambasted foreign media "vultures" for violating her father's privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital, and said the former South African president was still clinging to life on Thursday. Makaziwe Mandela's outburst came as anxiety increased over the faltering health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid...
  • South Africa President cancels trip as Mandela's health deteriorates June 27, 2013

    Johannesburg: South Africa's president visited a gravely ill Nelson Mandela in the hospital on Wednesday night, and canceled a visit planned for the next day to Mozambique, an indication of heightened concern over the deteriorating health of the man widely considered the father of the country. President Jacob Zuma found 94-year-old...
  • Mandela's condition deteriorates, on life support system June 26, 2013

    Johannesburg: Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has been kept on a life-support system following deterioration of his health condition at a South African hospital where the 94-year-old leader was admitted three weeks ago with a recurring lung infection. "Ailing former president Nelson Mandela is on life support in the Pretoria Heart Clinic...
  • Mandela still critical, family prays for his well being June 25, 2013

    Johannesburg: Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who is critically ill with a lung infection, is "at peace" and his family is praying for a "smooth transition", the daughter of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader has said. "All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is smooth. He is...
  • South Africans resigned over critical Mandela June 24, 2013

    Johannesburg: South Africans appeared resigned on Monday to the inevitability of one day saying goodbye to former president Nelson Mandela after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader's condition in hospital deteriorated to critical. Madiba, as he is affectionately known, is revered among most of South Africa's 53 million people as the architect of...
  • South Africa: Mandela in critical condition, says presidency June 24, 2013

    Johannesburg: The South African presidency said the health condition of Nelson Mandela has become critical. The office of President Jacob Zuma said that the president had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader on Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela's condition had become critical in the past...