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  • A new film about South African President Nelson Mandela will open across the country later this month. Mandela the film chronicles the life of the former political prisoner turned president. Directed by South African filmmakers Joe Menell and Angus Gibson, the film is the only official biography of Nelson Mandela. And as a result, the filmmakers had unprecedented access to Mandela and to a 100 hours of extraordinary archival footage.
    Mar 18, 1997 | Story
  • The last apartheid leader of South Africa, former President F.W. de Klerk, resigned yesterday as head of the National Party, effectively ending his role in South African politics. De Klerk led his pro-apartheid party, and most whites in South Africa, into a rapprochement with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress and, ultimately, a one person, one vote political system. He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela.
    Aug 27, 1997 | Story
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard dramatic testimony the past two weeks that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a major figure in the struggle against apartheid and President Nelson Mandela’s former wife, operated a so-called reign of terror during the mid to late 1980s.
    Dec 08, 1997 | Story
  • In his final speech as head of the ruling Africa National Congress this week, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa warned the world of an effort by former apartheid rulers to intensify a destabilization campaign against South Africa’s new democracy. In the four hour speech delivered before 3,000 delegates at the ANCUs 50th national conference in the northwestern town of Mafikeng, Mandela also accused elements of the white minority of...
    Dec 18, 1997 | Story
  • President Clinton recently announced that he will visit South Africa in March. President Mandela, meanwhile, has postponed a visit to Russia and is reportedly recuperating from exhaustion after a trip to Uganda.
    Jan 29, 1998 | Story
  • Today we wrap up our coverage of the 13th International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. We turn to a major address by former South African President Nelson Mandela. He spoke just a few hours ago
    Jul 14, 2000 | Story
  • In 1990, three months after the release of Nelson Mandela, the De Klerk Government sent Father Michael Lapsley aparcel containing two magazines. Inside one of them was a highly sophisticated bomb. When Lapsley opened themagazine, the explosion brought down ceilings in the house and blew a hole in the floors and shattered windows. Italso blew off both of the priest’s hands, ruined one eye and burned him severely.
    Apr 03, 2001 | Story
  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela speaking just moments before this broadcast at the closing ceremony of the fourteenth international AIDS conference in Barcelona, Spain. He and President Clinton closed out the week’s summit with Clinton apologizing for not having put more resources into needle exchange. John Riley of Pacifica radio station WBAI is at the Barcelona conference with a quick wrap-up.
    Jul 12, 2002 | Story
  • After billions tuned into this weekend’s Live 8 concerts and hundreds of thousands protested in the streets for debt relief, increased aid, and trade justice, leaders of the world’s richest nations will begin a three-day summit in Gleneagles, Scotland on Wednesday. We speak with veteran reporter John Chiahemen, chief Southern Africa correspondent for Reuters and we go to Scotland to speak with sociology professor David Miller....
    Jul 05, 2005 | Story
  • On Friday, former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela will celebrate his ninetieth birthday. Events marking the milestone have been held across the globe over the past month. We speak with Danny Schechter, who recently returned from South Africa, where he helped make the new documentary Viva Madiba: A Hero for All Seasons. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 17, 2008 | Story