Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies
Jesse Jackson remembers Mandela Rev. Jesse Jackson was among the thousands of visitors to Nelson Mandela’s home one week after his death. Jackson spoke to USA TODAY about his reaction to Mandela’s death. By H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY news
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Nelson Mandela Dead: Icon of Anti-Apartheid Movement Dies at 95
Much of the next 27 years in prison were spent in the infamous Robben Island prison where he did hard labor in a lime quarry. During his nearly three decades behind bars, Mandela would become a myth.
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Members of the ruling ANC and society are now asking questions about the current crop of leaders’ ability to get South Africa out of its current slump. As Mandela was buried, the big political question is whether Zuma’s presidency — wracked by scandal and presiding over a protest for services such as water and electricity every second day — would survive after he was booed in front of the international media and more than 91 heads of states and dignitaries. Ahmed Kathrada: ‘Farewell my brother’ Significance of Mandela’s hometown burial South Africa says goodbye to Mandela Zuma sings controversial song at funeral Zuma has a firm grip on his party’s machinery (he was re-elected with 74% of the votes at the party conference in December 2012), but he is increasingly seen as a liability by party insiders. A snap poll by South Africa’s largest weekend newspaper, the Sunday Times , published on the day of Mandela’s funeral, shows that 51% of registered ANC voters believe Zuma should resign following widespread coverage of the use of taxpayers money to build his rural palace. South Africa’s fifth democratic elections will be held in the next six months, and although analysts expect the ANC to win without much trouble, few expect the party to hold on to its huge majority . From its current 65.9% the ANC’s support could fall to less than 60% according to one group. Is South Africa about to descend into racial conflagration because Mandela is gone, though? Doomsayers have beaten this drum many times before in the past 19 years, even when Mandela left government in 1999. It has not come to pass, and is a scenario that is unlikely. The real challenges for South Africa today are poverty, inequality and unemployment. Zuma’s presidency has failed to implement necessary structural changes — the ANC is in alliance with the powerful trade union federation Cosatu and kowtows to it on labour policy, leading to government paralysis — to create jobs and economic growth. Education is poor — last year the government failed to deliver textbooks to some pupils for up to nine months.
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Mandela’s death shines uncomfortable light on South Africa’s ANC
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Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations. Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African President Jacob Zuma said. “What made Nelson Mandela