South Africans contemplate life without Mandela
Powered by Newslook Newslook Jason Straziuso, Associated Press 2:56 p.m. EDT July 4, 2013 The emotional pain and practical demands facing Nelson Mandela’s family are universal: confronting the final days of an elderly loved one. (Photo: Schalk van Zuydam, AP) Story Highlights Court ordered the return of the remains two years after a Mandela grandson moved them Son says Mandela would be “highly disappointed” by the family’s squabbling Court affidavit obtained by the media says Mandela is on life support SHARE 1098 CONNECT 130 TWEET 50 COMMENTEMAILMORE JOHANNESBURG (AP) Nelson Mandela is being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces “impending death,” court documents show, as his family gravesite was restored Thursday. Mandela’s health is “perilous” and he is being kept alive by life support, according to documents filed in the court case that resulted in the remains of the former president’s three deceased children being reburied Thursday in their original graves. “The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds,” the court filing said.
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Released under the band name The Special A.K.A, the following year it tapped into South African rhythms, celebratory spirit and joyous solidarity, the polar opposite of Gabriels dirge. Produced by Elvis Costello, the optimistic chorus was so catchy that anyone could sing, remember and move to it, the most danceable protest song of all time. With Mandelas face on the front of the record sleeve, filled with information gleaned from anti-apartheid campaigners, Tambo couldnt have asked for more. The song was embraced by the UN, ANC and black South Africans who sang it at demonstrations and played it over loudspeakers even though the record was banned by the forces of apartheid. At the same time, Steven Van Zandt Little Steven of Bruce Springsteens E Street Band and the future Silvio on The Sopranos became enraged at artists who performed at the white, big-ticket luxury resort in the middle of the dirt-poor, black Bantustan (homeland) of Bophuthatswana near Johannesburg. He brought 49 artists together to form Artists United Against Apartheid and to record Sun City. Produced by early electronic dance music innovator Arthur Baker, it bridged the worlds of rock and rap, featuring the famous line I aint gonna play Sun City and lyrics sung by the likes of Springsteen and Grandmaster Flash, Bob Dylan and Afrika Bambaataa, Miles Davis and Run-D.M.C. A chart-maker in Canada and Australia, it would be played by only half of the radio stations in the US and never achieved the success of We Are the World, also released in 1985. But the video earned heavy rotation on a then-soaring MTV, delivering shocking images of South African police violence as well as footage of Mandela and other activists. It ignited campus demonstrations, urging universities to divest their holdings in companies doing business with the South African regime, a critical turning point in global awareness and the implementation of sanctions. While Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan still labelled him a terrorist and a communist, the floodgates were opened and the floodlights turned on. A survey found that three-quarters of 16-24 year-olds in the Western world knew who Mandela was and wanted him released.
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Nelson Mandela and the power of music
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South Africans say Mandela’s role in helping his country cannot be exaggerated. “Mandela played a crucial role in averting a racial war and preventing white flight,” said Professor Daryl Glaser, head of political studies at the University of Witwatersrand. “Either of which on its own could have brought immediate economic collapse and quite possibly state failure.” Mandela’s contributions to South Africa did not end with the end of apartheid. He campaigned tirelessly for greater awareness of HIV/AIDs when he stepped down as president in 1999 after one term. The Nobel Prize laureate spearheaded the 46664 music-led awareness campaign named after his prison number during his confinement on Robben Island and founded the Nelson Mandela