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George H.W. Bush spokesman apologizes for mistakenly announcing death of Nelson Mandela

A spokesman for former US president George H.W. Bush apologized on Sunday after erroneously issuing a statement of condolence stating that South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had died. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath later explained that he circulated a prepared statement expressing Bush’s sorrow at the “death” of the former…

Mandela social network allows users to share inspirational thoughts

Nelson Mandela has countless streets named after him, his own foundation, his own fan page and now his own social network. The website mandela.is allows users, called “citizens”, to connect, share inspirational thoughts, photos and articles in an effort to emulate the apartheid icon’s positive impact on the world. The…

Nelson Mandela making ‘a slow but steady improvement’

Nelson Mandela is making “slow but steady” progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. “Former President Nelson Mandela…

Authorities mistakenly threaten to cut off water and electricity to Nelson Mandela home over $600 utility bill

Authorities admitted on Monday they had mistakenly delivered a utilities bill to Nelson Mandela’s upmarket home and threatened to cut the icon’s water and electricity supply. Johannesburg city council apologised for the “unfortunate incident” after the 6,500-rand ($660, 500-euro) bill arrived at the global peace hero’s house in the suburb…

Presidency: Mandela in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a “critical but stable” condition, South Africa’s presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection. In a statement, the presidency urged South Africans to begin planning for Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.…

President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell

President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon. The US leader will fly to Cape Town and then visit the…

Report: Official says Nelson Mandela is on life support

South Africa’s first president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is on life support and non-responsive, an official tells CNN. The 94 year old was hospitalized since earlier this month due to a lung infection, and doctors said he’s been in critical condition since Sunday. Hopes were high that Mandela’s health…

Winnie Mandela ordered to sell possessions to pay debt

A South African magistrate has ordered Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to auction off scores of paintings, sculptures and a silver tea set to pay off her debts, according to a court document seen Tuesday. Household goods belonging to the once revered anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, will go under the…

Mandela ally rejects daughters’ bid to oust him

Nelson Mandela’s long-time friend and lawyer George Bizos will fight an attempt by the anti-apartheid icon’s daughters to oust him from the board of Mandela companies, his lawyer said Thursday. Bizos, who defended Mandela in a 1960s treason trial and successfully opposed his death sentence, will reject accusations that he…

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital

Nelson Mandela left hospital Saturday after a 10-day stay during which the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was treated for pneumonia, the South African president’s office said. “Former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, April 6, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition,” presidency spokesman Mac…

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