Love In A Time Of Struggle: The Women In Nelson Mandela’s Life

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Even though Mandela hadnt built much material wealth and felt that he had little to leave him, he was immensely proud of having produced an heir. I had perpetuated the Mandela name and the Madiba clan, which is one of the basic responsibilities of a Xhosa male, he wrote in his memoir. Thembi was a teenager when Mandela last saw him, just before his arrest in 1962 the young man died in a car crash on 13 July 1969, and Mandelas jailers would not allow him to attend his sons funeral. Mandelas second child, Makaziwe (a girl) was born sickly and he and Evelyn took turns most nights to look after her. She died at just nine-months-old, after which they had another son, Makgatho, who followed in his fathers footsteps to become an attorney. He was widowed with four sons, and his death in January 2005, due to Aids, came as a shock to the nation. The Mandelas also had another daughter, Makaziwe, named in memory of and to honor her dead sister, according to Xhosa tradition. Cracks appeared in the Mandela marriage as a result of the overwhelming demands of his political activism, which relegated his family commitments to a backseat. But he was also alleged to have been seeing other women, and Evelyn finally walked out. She cleaned out the house, even taking the curtains hanging on the windows. Still, Mandela described her in his memoir as a very good woman, charming, strong and faithful, and a fine mother. I never lost my respect and admiration for her. Evelyn, for her part, remained bitter many years after the breakdown of her marriage. After Mandelas release from prison, the fact that some South Africans were likening his spirit of forgiveness to that of Jesus Christ prompted an exasperated response from his ex: How can a man who committed adultery and left his wife and children be Christ? Evelyn told a reporter in 1994.
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Perth pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

:: When Gayla Cook arrived at Cornell University in the late 1960s, the civil rights sit-ins were over and the anti-war movement was waning. “The anti-apartheid movement, that was the thing on campus,” she said. Protests against South Africa were beginning to rev up. She joined demonstrations, arranged fundraisers and helped organize uprisings that would, years later, lead to thousands of arrests and symbolic shantytowns on campus. “I’d been totally apolitical in Cleveland,” she said. But apartheid resonated with stories of discrimination she’d heard from her parents, who were both raised in the South.
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South Africa needs to hear Nelson Mandela’s message anew

Mandela’s death will not destabilize race relations in the country, contrary to some fears, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations. View gallery Mourners sing and dance to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, in the street outside his old house “For many years now, South Africans have got along with one another largely peacefully without Mr. Mandela having been active in the political sphere,” Lerato Moloi, the institute’s head of research, said.
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South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela

Floral tributes to former president Nelson Mandela, pile up beneath a statue of Mandela on Mandela Square at Sandton City, in Johannesburg Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela died Thursday at his Johannesburg home after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Athol Moralee)

Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell UPDATE: More than 100 people attended a memorial service in Cannington this morning to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Supporters of the former South African president gathered at Cannington Exhibition Centre from 10.30am to honour the anti-apartheid hero, who died on December 5. Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg, stirring sadness around the world. Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan and Honorary Consul of South Africa Bill Repard were among those at the Perth service. Some who attended the memorial wore traditional outfits while others were dressed in T-shirts with photos of Mr Mandela and the South African flag. A table had a large photo of Mr Mandela, flowers and South African objects. A choir opened the service, dressed in colourful outfits and passionately dancing and singing. Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell An indigenous man and woman led the crowd in a traditional Aboriginal greeting before the crowd stood to sing the South African national anthem. While the memorial was tainted with a feeling of sadness because of the leader’s passing, there was an overwhelming sense of positivity and love in the hall, and the day was focused on reflecting on the great things Mr Mandela did not only for South Africa, but also the world. Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell Mr Nahan spoke of Mr Mandela’s 27 years imprisonment and said that he particularly admired the 95-year-old for three attributes: his forgiveness, humanity and commitment to humility. “He was judged by the colour of his skin, not the content of his character, and his character, as we know now, was formidable,” Mr Nahan said. “Any normal man would be filled with hatred and rage, but he wasn’t. “He forgave his persecutors, he forgave the race of the people that persecuted him.” Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell Mr Nahan became emotional towards the end of his speech, saying: “We will never forget him.” Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell Picture: The West Australian/Megan Powell
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