As people poured in to take their seats, a party atmosphere took hold
South Africans and people from around the world have began filling the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, ahead of a massive memorial service for the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, aged 95.
Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year
Former South African president will continue to receive intensive care at his home in Johannesburg
South Africans have been asked to mark his 67 years of public service by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts
The family feud over the graves of the children of Nelson Mandela drew a sharp rebuke yesterday from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The news of the former South African leader's health came as the bitter feuding of the Mandela family exploded into the public arena
A friend of the Mandelas has denied reports of family row over funeral arrangements for the ailing 94-year-old who is in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. South African media reported a rift had emerged over where Nelson Mandela should be buried, with his grandson Mandla wanting him interred in the village of Mvezo, where the anti-apartheid leader was born, while others supported Qunu, where he grew up.
Nelson Mandela's health is continuing to improve but the anti-apartheid hero remains in a serious condition, South Africa's president said today.
Former South African president's wife, ex-wife, children and grandchildren have all visited the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated for a recurrent lung infection
Nelson Mandela remains in hospital with a lung infection.
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in a “serious but stable” condition as a result of a lung infection.
Just hours after Julius Malema handed over his bail payment and strode out of the court that began hearing money laundering charges against him yesterday, the African National Congress found itself on the back foot, angrily denying that it is abusing the justice system to pursue its former youth leader.
Workers and grieving families attended a memorial service yesterday at the Lonmin platinum mine to mark the deaths of 34 strikers shot by police last week.
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Something of a teenage prodigy, Nadine Gordimer published her first story in a Johannesburg magazine before the Second World War. Her debut collection, Face to Face, appeared in 1949, just after apartheid became state policy in South Africa but before its cornerstones were laid. Now, aged 88, after 14 novels, ten volumes of stories, multiple book-bannings by the apartheid state and scores of landmark essays (not to mention the Nobel and Booker prizes), she returns with an impassioned family saga of post-liberation dreams, shocks and fears, as alert and nuanced – tormented, even – as any of her works. You would need to go back to the 19th century, and the career of a Victor Hugo, to find another example of a major writer who has listened so closely, for so long, to a nation's beating heart.