Mandela dedicates statue to 'all who resisted oppression'

NELSON Mandela saluted the heroes of South Africa's struggle against apartheid yesterday at the unveiling of his statue at a ceremony in London recognising him as one of the greatest leaders of the age.

Mandela statue to front Parliament

A NINE-FOOT bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, is to be erected in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament - alongside some of Britain's great statesmen, including Winston Churchill and Benjamin Disraeli.

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Mandela's royal link restored

NELSON Mandela yesterday attended a colourful ceremony in the village of his birth where the royal chieftainship due to him by blood and custom was restored to his family, after being stripped from them nine decades ago by South Africa's British colonial rulers.

Afrikaner anthem casts cloud on rainbow nation

"PROUDLY South African" has long been stamped on products and echoed in radio commercials; the phrase is written into the country's DNA.

Tributes to Botha led by men he called terrorists

A WARM tribute paid by Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned throughout the time P W Botha served in successive apartheid governments, yesterday underlined the enigmatic reputation of the splenetic former white president of South Africa who died, aged 90, on Tuesday night.

ANC condolences on Botha death

THE African National Congress, outlawed under the apartheid regime of South African president PW Botha, was one of the first groups to offer condolences on his death last night.

PW Botha, the champion of apartheid, dies at age of 90

PW BOTHA, who was the face of white South Africa as president at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle, died last night aged 90.

Muted march in honour of Soweto uprising

SOUTH Africa yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with hundreds of political and community leaders retracing the footsteps of the black student protesters whose deaths at the hands of the police and army was a turning point in the fight against apartheid.

Black pearl of the high veldt

RACE and rugby are twin bedfellows in South Africa; a marriage of inconvenience with both parties desperate for a divorce, a weekend apart, different bedrooms even though none of these outcomes are realistic in the foreseeable future.

Mandela recalls misspent youth eating stolen pigs

WORLD leaders have their faults, the former South African president Nelson Mandela told the cast of an Oscar-winning gangster film, recalling his own teenage years as a pig thief.

Hub of black culture back on the map

SOPHIATOWN, a legendary black cultural hub wiped off the map under apartheid, officially returned to its original name yesterday.

Taking 'an eye for an eye' will only compound any injustice

IN SOUTH Africa, we are raised on a strict diet of justice as retribution. With violent crimes on a shocking upsurge, with child rape and abuse on the increase, there are frequent calls - backed by public support - to restore capital punishment.

Grim torturer of apartheid era dies at 54

FORMER South African security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt, who commanded the torture of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, has died at the age of 54 from cancer.

Drive to end apartheid on land

SOUTH Africa needs to revise its approach to land reform to end racial inequalities, government officials say.

Hero of Apartheid struggle in Scotland

ONE of South Africa’s most respected clergymen was speaking today at an international conference on deepening democracy.

ANC activist dies aged 85

AN activist who was sentenced with Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment in 1964 for trying to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government has died at the age of 85.

Tutu turns scorn on Mbeki in row shaking black South Africa

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu yesterday fired the latest salvo in a bitter row with South African president Thabo Mbeki that is threatening to divide the country’s black leadership.

Name of the game is to rid South Africa of racism

PLACE name changes stir deep emotions in South Africa where, a decade after the end of apartheid, the map remains studded with towns and cities named after white colonisers, European monarchs and racist jokes.

Ten years on, Soweto remains a blacks-only city

SOWETO grew from a 1923 law - the Natives (Urban Areas) Act - that withdrew the right of black people to live in the young city of Johannesburg, a rough frontier settlement which was growing fast after the discovery of gold less than 30 years earlier.

Festival for South African freedom

A CULTURAL event to celebrate 10 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa opened in Edinburgh yesterday.

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