South Africa Celebrates Mandela, 20 Years of Democracy

CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president urged voters to head to the polls next week in the spirit of “democracy and freedom” as he unveiled a large bronze bust of the country’s most famous anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in front of Read More


Obama to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela

[AP] The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Obamas will participate in memorial events, but didn’t say specifically what Read More


Song, dance, tears prayer for Mandela in S. Africa

[AP] JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country’s black-white divide and helped avert a race war. People of all colors hugged and shared emotional moments as anti-apartheid Read More


South Africa: ‘Free but not Equal’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (NNPA) – When international icon and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, it marked a watershed moment for the former minority-ruled country. Mandela, the standard bearer for the African Read More


Jesse Jackson’s Ties to Africa Pay Off

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – When South Africa President Jacob Zuma recently presented Jesse Jackson with the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award – the highest honor a non-citizen of the country can receive – he cited the Read More


Jesse Jackson Honored for Anti-Apartheid Work

Jesse Jackson honored in South Africa (Photo by Butch Wing). by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for Read More