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South Africa’s best kept secret

When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the white minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout. Today, 19 years after South Africa made a bloodless transition to a democracy with the election of Mandela as its first Black president, the picturesque land, now called Liliesle ...

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Late novelist Achebe to receive ‘grand send-off’ in Nigeria next month

(GIN) — Africa’s acclaimed man of letters Chinua Achebe  will be laid to rest this month in his hometown of Ogidi, Anambra state, in eastern Nigeria, surrounded by friends, Nobel laureates and other luminaries. Among those who have reserved their place at the memorial are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nadine Gordimer, author Toni Morrison, Ruth Simmons and Johnetta B. Cole. Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apa ...

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Jesse Jackson honored for anti-apartheid work

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 his extensive efforts to help end apartheid in the country. Jackson, founder and president of the Chicago-based RainbowPUSH Coalition, accepted the award Saturday from President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, one of the nation’s capital ...

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South African police brutality at record levels, justice group finds

With the defeat of apartheid, a new Black leadership runs South African ministries, businesses and schools but an abusive police force appears to have survived the cultural and social changes. Last year, five thousand complaints were lodged against the South African police and 720 deaths in police custody were reported, according to the Witz Justice Project of South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand. ...

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Few tears in South Africa for Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’

While the public service record of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is praised in most western news accounts, the former U.K. Prime Minister was recalled critically among some South Africans. For starters, the British Prime Minister, known as the Iron Lady, was a warm friend of South African dictator P.W. Botha who was welcomed at No. 10 Downing Street in 1984. With this, Botha became the first leader of the Apar ...

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Novel wins high praise for young Nigerian writer

Mentored by Toni Morrison and endorsed by Salman Rushdie, young writer Taiye Selasi has produced a new book which is exciting literary circles worldwide. “Ghana Must Go”, her first novel, moves between West Africa and the east coast of the United States. Selasi examines both the fragility and durability of family life. In one scene in the book, a young woman who has developed an eating disorder in the press ...

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