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(Video) Huge Crowds Turn Out For Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s Funeral |RN

Jason Burke Africa correspondent in Soweto
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Tens of thousands of South Africans filled a stadium in Soweto on Saturday for the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle but also one of its most controversial figures.

Shouts of “Long live Comrade Winnie” rang out around the stadium, at the beginning of a powerful and emotional service featuring prayers, tributes and the anthems that sustained those fighting for freedom in South Africa through decades of brutal repression against the racist regime.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been president since February, sat next to the two daughters of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela, the Nobel prize winner and former president. Representatives from African states and political parties joined many of South Africa’s best-known political and cultural figures to pay tribute.

South African military personnel bring in the coffin at Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral ceremony of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.© AFP/Getty Images South African military personnel bring in the coffin at Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral ceremony of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The funeral is the highest level that South Africa accords for someone who was not head of state.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to Mandela for more than 30 years, had a sometimes negative image abroad that contrasted with a deep and long-lasting popularity in her homeland.

In a tribute at the funeral, her sister Zukiswa Madikizela said “Mam Winnie” was “fearless, courageous and loving”, and proof that women are capable of being revolutionaries and leaders.

Swati Dlamini-Mandela, a granddaughter, said Madikizela-Mandela was “ a proud black African woman who fought for …. the emancipation of her people”.

The stadium is situated little more than a mile from the streets where Madikizela-Mandela lived during the darkest days of apartheid and where she lived until her death.

Thousands have signed a condolence book outside her home on a modest street in the Orlando West neighbourhood. “This is history happening. I couldn’t miss this. I am from Soweto so this is very important to me. I am very proud of her,” said Aloma Thomo, 40.

An African National Congress (ANC) supporter arrives at a memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg's Soweto township, South Africa April 11, 2018. Memorials for Winnie Mandela Memorials for Winnie Mandela (Provided by Reuters)

Madikizela-Mandela’s remains will be buried in a cemetery in the north of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. Her death has prompted a fierce debate within South Africa between her many admirers and a smaller number of detractors.

Born in the poor Eastern Cape province, Madikizela-Mandela’s childhood was “a blistering inferno of racial hatred”, in the words of British biographer Emma Gilbey.

The young hospital social worker married Mandela shortly before the ANC leader was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason in 1962. During her husband’s 27-year incarceration, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, establishing a large personal following.

Tortured and subjected to repeated house arrest, she was kept under surveillance and, in 1977, banished to a remote town in another province.

Madikizela-Mandela said the experience of more than a year in solitary confinement changed her. “What brutalised me so much was that I knew what it is to hate,” she said.

The flag draped coffin carrying the remains of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives for the funeral ceremony in Soweto, South Africa's Orlando stadium Saturday, April 14, 2018. Madikizela-Mandela died April 2, 2018, at the age of 81. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)© AP The flag-draped coffin carrying the remains of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives for the funeral ceremony in Soweto, South Africa’s Orlando stadium Saturday, April 14, 2018…

As the violence of the apartheid authorities reached new intensity, Madikizela-Mandela was drawn into a world of internecine betrayal, reprisals and atrocity. Most notoriously, Madikizela-Mandela was found guilty of ordering the kidnapping of a 14-year-old boy, Stompie Seipei, also known as Stompie Moeketsi, who was beaten and killed by members of her personal bodyguard in 1989.

Within a year, she gave the clenched-fist salute of black power as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Cape Town’s Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990.

The end of apartheid marked the start of a string of legal and political troubles. Appearing at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to account for atrocities committed by both sides in the anti-apartheid struggle, Madikizela-Mandela refused to show remorse for abductions and murders carried out in her name.

Madikizela-Mandela separated from her husband in 1992. She was sacked from her ministerial post in 1995 after allegations of corruption and the couple divorced a year later. But her popular appeal remained strong.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife, listens to speakers during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg. South African state broadcaster SABC said Monday April 2, 2018, that anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)© AP FILE-In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s former wife, listens to speakers during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela…

In Soweto she was deeply involved in the community, always finding time to help those in need, neighbours said. “Her doors were open to everybody,” said Angela Msimang, 32, who lived nearby.

At a memorial service in New York on Friday, UN secretary general António Guterres described Madikizela-Mandela as “a strong and fearless woman. She had to fight patriarchy’s definitions of womanhood.”

South African military personnel bring in the coffin at Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral ceremony of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

A new memorial outside her Soweto home bears the legend: “‘I am the product of the masses, of my country and the product of my enemy’, 1996, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Rest in Peace, Mother of the Nation.”   (The Guardian)

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Woman Infected With HIV By Boss, Sacked Now Loses Case In Court |RN

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A receptionist who accused her boss of infecting her with HIV and then sacking her has lost the 14-year court battle.

The woman told Kenya’s Employment and Labour Relations Court that she had a long-running affair with the man.

She said they met in September 2000 when both were employed at the man’s family business. Her lover was a supervisor in the firm.
The woman was fired in November of the same year on claims she was disrespectful to the managing director.

Later, the man, too, left the family business to set up his own company. He hired his lover as a receptionist and they continued their affair, according to court papers.

The woman said she had been tested before the affair and she was HIV-negative, but after their relationship, she was tested positive.

She claimed her lover became hostile when she broke the news to him. There were multiple claims of assault by both sides. The woman filed a case alleging unfair dismissal in 2004.

Last Thursday, the court threw out her case, with the judge terming it a case of sour grapes.

Justice Nduma Nderi found that the woman, named as BO to protect her identity, worked as a receptionist but did not prove her case against the man.

The judge, however, determined that the case before him was more than an employment case as it involved an affair between the two.

“What is without a doubt is that there was an emotional relationship between the plaintiff and the respondent which may not be fully explained by their having worked together for two different companies.

“The many criminal complaints by each of them against the other is a pointer to this untoward relationship. It is difficult to tell if any cause of action that may have arisen from this relationship falls or not within the jurisdiction of this court,” Nduma ruled.

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Belgian Student Association Protest Against Farm Murders In South Africa (Video) |RN

by Denis Bolosky

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Members of the Belgian Nationalist Student Association have organized a rally in Ghent against what they call the genocide of white farmers in South Africa. Over the past few years, there’s been an increase in murders and attacks on farmers, although neither the authorities nor mainstream media have viewed these attacks as being racially-motivated.

The march was attended by South African students and politicians, who arrived in Belgium to share the problems of their community with Belgians – citizens of the country, which many members of the South African Boer minority consider the land of their forefathers. Sputnik sat down with Pieter Groenewald – the leader of South Africa’s conservative Freedom Front Plus to talk about these issues.

Sputnik: As a representative of the Boer minority in South Africa, do you feel support from Belgians?

Pieter Groenewald: The people in South Africa, they feel in a certain sense that they sometimes stand alone. And events like this – especially when it comes to farm murders, is really big moral support for the people of South Africa, specifically for the farmers, who know that there are other people, specifically in Belgium, that also support them in trying to get the government to realize that farm murders in South Africa, and the brutality is totally unacceptable – not only in South Africa, but also all over the world, and specifically in Belgium.

 

Sputnik: Is there any reaction to farm murders from the government and mass media in South Africa?

Pieter Groenewald: They are quite aware of the problem. But the government of today, they only see it as normal criminality. They don’t want to see it as a specific crime, as far as the farmers are concerned, and I say it is not normal criminality, because, I mean, it cannot be just normal criminality if the perpetrators come at 9 o’clock in the morning, the farmer and his wife went to church, they, visit their friends, and when they return at 3 o’clock – they kill them. It is not just normal criminality, if they torture the victims, using electric drills, drilling through women’s legs and feet, and also if they rape the women. So, it is not normal criminality. We say that there is a political element, and it is also linked to the land, because the land issue in South Africa is becoming more prominent, and it is central for our general election next year – 2019.

Sputnik: What are the ways to deal with this problem? Is there a political solution?

Pieter Groenewald: Well, first, what has to be done is, political leaders in South Africa must stop saying that the land in South Africa has been stolen by white people. By that, they are creating a specific climate, where the masses and the majority of black people think that we are a group of thieves just because we’re white. Even president Zuma in 2016 said at the anniversary of the governing party that “you, you – masses are poor because you don’t have land, and you are unemployed because you don’t have land, and there is inequality in South Africa because you don’t have land, and we know who has stolen the land.” – I mean, you’re creating an atmosphere. So, political leaders must lead in a responsible way, to say that “we cannot allow them to say that white people are actually criminals,” because if you say that they have stolen the land, you’re actually calling them criminals. Secondly, the government must realize that these crimes against the farmers are not a normal crime, it’s not normal criminality, as I said. And we say that they should come forward with specialized units to combat these specific crimes in the rural areas because you need special units who understand what’s happening as far as the farmer is concerned, and if you do these three things – it will improve the situation.

 

Sputnik: South Africa is hosting the BRICS summit this summer. Do you see such events as a chance to attract international attention to the problems of the country’s minorities? 

Pieter Groenewald: I appeal to the world: please, also raise your voice against this atrocity which is actually taking place in South Africa regarding farm murders. By doing that you’re putting pressure on the South African government. And even the government hears from all over the world “listen, we’re not going to invest in South Africa because you don’t intend to do anything as far as farm murders are concerned.” By doing that they would start forcing the South African government to, for instance, understand that it’s not a normal crime, and to stop all the hate speech, because, that’s nothing else but hate speech by political leaders.   (Sputnik)

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FF+, AfriForum, DA Colluding Against Land Expropriation – Julius Malema |RN

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The EFF wants the government to be the primary custodian of all of the country’s land.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday claimed there was a deliberate counter movement forming in the country against parliament’s resolution to amend the constitution so as to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

“This movement brings together right-wing formations like Freedom Front Plus, AfriForum, and liberal, market-friendly formations like the DA and Cope,” EFF leader Julius Malema said at a media briefing in Johannesburg.

“We are also aware that there are European members of parliament who are trying to mobilise Europe into an imperialist neocolonial programme of undermining the sovereignty and democratic rights of South Africans,” he added.

Malema also accused the media of being party to the conspiracy after the EFF’s motion – supported by the ANC and smaller parties – to expropriate land without compensation in the National Assembly was successfully passed last month by 241 votes to 83.

The matter has been referred to the Constitutional Review Committee in parliament, which has been tasked with initiating a public participation process. The committee is expected to report back to the House on August 30.

The EFF wants the government to be the primary custodian of all of the country’s land and to start a process of equal distribution with a principle of “use it or lose it”.

Malema urged citizens to make their views known on land reform to the Constitutional Review Committee.

“[We] encourage all to stop the threats of war or civil conflict. Parliament has opened up space for engagement and we believe that all South Africans should democratically participate and be willing to accept the democratic outcome of the engagement.”

The firebrand leader said the EFF was also open to engagements with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and other stakeholders on the Ingonyama Trust. The king has called on all Zulus to donate R5 each towards a legal bid to challenge recommendations made by a high-level parliamentary panel to dissolve the trust established in 1994.

King Zwelithini is legally the sole trustee of the Ingonyama Trust, which administers 2.8 million hectares of land on his behalf.

“Whilst the parliamentary process is ongoing, the EFF is willing to meet and engage with sensible and interested parties on the land question. We are particularly willing to meet and engage with King Goodwill Zwelithini, Ingonyama Trust, and all traditional leadership establishments and bodies that have an interest on the constitutional and policy issues that relate to land ownership, control and redistribution,” Malema said.

 

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“This Is Not About Land, It’s About Driving White Farmers Into Extinction – Katie Hopkins

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White farm murders in South Africa

 

South Africa is a land wrought with heartache.

Vengeance for the Apartheid-era has culminated in an epidemic of reverse racism, farm attacks and murders, and if that were not enough, a new constitutional amendment calling for “land expropriation without compensation.”

That’s a lot of syllables to say:

We are going to take your land and without permission.

The amendment is being pushed by African National Congress (ANC) head Cyril Ramaphosa. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will heed this not so subtle call from the ANC to step up their already blood-thirsty demonstrations, in which they chant:

“Kill the Boer, Kill the white farmer.”

Having spent time with the victims of farm attacks, I can tell you that the torture they and their children have endured is real, and bears lasting scars.

 

Make no mistake, “land expropriation without compensation” means that black gangs — the ones currently carrying out brutal farm attacks — now have political permission to carry out murder and torture.   (RebelSouthAfrica.com)

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Doctor Breaks Baby’s Arms During Delivery, Remains Unapologetic |RN

A 21-year-old new mum identified as Lebogang Setshotloe has accused a gynaecologist at Moses Kotane Hospital, South Africa of breaking her baby’s arm during delivery.

According to the new mum, she wasn’t allowed to see her baby girl until a day after delivery. She then found out that her daughter’s arm was broken.

Setshotloe revealed to South African Daily Sun that the hospital had failed her.

“I asked the nurse a day after I had a Cesarean section why my baby’s arm was broken and I was told the doctor had apologised for the mistake.

“This was a lie, as the doctor never even bothered to examine me after the delivery.

“Why was I not informed about what had happened as the mum of the child? This makes me really angry,” she said.

“I want the doctor and the hospital to come and explain to me how my baby’s arm was broken. I want to know what happened,” she cried.

Setshotloe said the horrific experience she went through showed the hospital didn’t care about the people they treat.

Her uncle, Jacob Kobedi, said,

“We want the hospital to take full responsibility for the damage caused by the doctor.

“What they did and how they handled the situation doesn’t show any professionalism.”

North West Health spokesman, Tebogo Lekgethwane, said the matter was being investigated and would be properly followed up.

(South African Sun)

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REVEALING: Mysterious Ancient Sealed Jars Unearthed In Egyptian Tomb |RN

“This is a message sent to us from the afterlife”

Isabel Dobinson

An ancient necropolis hidden underneath an Egyptian city on the outskirts of Cairo has been discovered by archaeologists in a historical break-through.

The untouched tomb in Minya, close to Tuna el-Gebel contains up to 1,000 small statues, a unique necklace charm and 40 stone of sarcophagi.

It is believed that the site is more than 2,000 years old and holds relics dating from the late Pharaonic period to the early Ptolemaic era.

Footage captured by Reuters gives you a unique and personal insight into the ancient tomb as archaeologists continue to uncover its riches.

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The revelation doesn’t only mark an archaeological triumph – it could also revive the country’s tourism.

The excavation is expected to take another five years to undercover and Egyptian authorities hope it could trigger new beginning for Egypt’s tourist trade.

On Saturday, antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany said: “It’s only the beginning.

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“We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.”

For years Egypt’s relics drew tourists from across the globe however numbers have rapidly declined following the overthrow of its former President, Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The number of holidaymakers visiting the country may have risen by 54% in the last year to 8.3 million but this is still well below the 14.7 million people who visited in 2010.

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Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the necklace charm which bears a unique new year greeting had been unearthed last New Year’s Eve in a “wonderful coincidence”.

“This is a message sent to us from the afterlife,” he said.

Source: (Mirror)

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