Nelson Mandela

  1. ANC slams 'divisive, misogynistic' Trump

    Image caption: Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first black president

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has condemned Donald Trump after his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen alleged that the US president had made disparaging remarks about anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

    "Trump is a divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful person ever to occupy the office of the President," the ANC said.

    In contrast, Mr Mandela had stood as a unifying leader, who "reached out to the world and sought to bring peace and a just society", the party added.

    Mr Mandela was a leader of the ANC and spent more than 27 years in prison for fighting minority rule in South Africa.

    He became the country's first black president in 1994, about four years after his release from prison and promoted reconciliation with the minority white population.

    He stepped down as president in 1999, and died in 2013 aged 95.

    In his new book, Disloyal: A Memoir, Mr Cohen said Mr Trump had described Mr Mandela as "no leader"

    "Tell me one country run by a black person that isn't a shithole. They are all complete [expletive] toilets," Mr Trump once said, according to Cohen.

    Earlier, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said: "We do not believe that leaders who conduct themselves in the way Mr Trump does are in a position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work of Madiba."

  2. Mandela foundation hits back at Trump

    Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela

    The Nelson Mandela foundation has hit back at remarks attributed to US President Donald Trump about anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

    The remarks are from a new book by Mr Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, which comes out on Tuesday.

    In the book, Mr Cohen claims Mr Trump made racist comments about Nelson Mandela, allegedly saying the late South African president was "no leader".

    "Tell me one country run by a black person that isn't a shithole. They are all complete [expletive] toilets," Mr Trump once said, according to Mr Cohen.

    The White House says the lawyer is lying.

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation has said it did not believe that "leaders who conduct themselves in the way Mr Trump does are in a position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work of Madiba".

    "Reflecting on leadership, Madiba once said: 'A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.' We would recommend these words to Mr Trump for consideration," the foundation said in a statement.

  3. Zindzi Mandela dies in Johannesburg hospital

    Zindzi Mandela with former South Africa"s President Nelson Mandela

    Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa's anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported.

    She passed away in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

    The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports.

    She was the South African ambassador to Denmark.

    This is a breaking story and more details to follow as we get them.

  4. Foreigners to pay more to visit Mandela's prison

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    Image caption: Nelson Mandela frequently visited Robben Island after his release from prison in 1990

    Foreign tourists will for the first time pay more than South Africans to visit Robben Island, where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years for opposing the racist system of apartheid.

    The Robben Island Museum in Cape Town said the new entrance fee would be 550 rand ($38; £29) for non-South African adults and 300 rand for children.

    For South African adults it would be 380 rand and 200 rand for children.

    "We believe that this decision will have a positive turnaround on our long term financial sustainability as an organisation whilst also contributing to an increase in domestic visitors,” the museum's chief financial officer, Blayne Crocker, said in a statement.

    Read: A Robben Island prisoner's memories

  5. Mandela's art for sale in New York

    A pastel drawing by former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $90,000 (£46,000 to £69,000) when it goes on auction today in New York.

    The piece, called The Cell Door, is drawn from memory of his years of imprisonment on Robben Island.

    "When my father retired as the president he didn't have much to do," his daughter Pumla Makaziwe Mandela, who is selling the piece at Bonhams auction house, is quoted as saying.

    "I think for him, art was a good way of expressing himself or trying to come to terms with his history and his (I wouldn't want to say) demons but just coming to terms with his whole life."

    The Cell Door by Nelson Mandela
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    Video caption: After Apartheid all South Africans regardless of race won the right to vote in 1994.

    After Apartheid all South Africans, regardless of race, were finally able to vote for the first time in April 1994. Organising the elections was a huge logistical challenge.

  7. The historical moment Nelson Mandela walked free after 27 years of imprisonment

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    Video caption: He would go on to become South Africa’ first black president.