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South Africa Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to South Africa

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  • Mandela_old_interview
    As South Africa prepares to hold a state funeral for Nelson Mandela, we look at how the CIA helped the South African government track down and capture Mandela in 1962. In 1990, the Cox News Service quoted a former U.S. official saying that within hours after Mandela’s arrest a senior CIA operative named Paul Eckel admitted the agency’s involvement. Eckel was reported as having told the official, "We have turned Mandela over to...
    December 13, 2013 | Story
  • Ronnie
    As thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, we go to Johannesburg to speak with longtime anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils. A founder of the armed wing of the African National Congress, Kasrils worked closely with Mandela after first meeting him in 1962. Kasrils was a leading anti-apartheid underground activist, and on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1987 to 2007....
    December 12, 2013 | Story
  • Fidel-nelson3
    In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for helping to end apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. On July 26, 1991, he gave the following speech.
    December 11, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Fidel-nelson1
    As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cubans 'destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor ... [and] inspired the fighting masses of South...
    December 11, 2013 | Story
  • Gleijeses_visions2
    On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will look into the relationship between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and in Cuba under Fidel Castro, which has drawn more attention after President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today as he made his way to speak at the podium during the memorial to Nelson Mandela.
    December 10, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Mandelacastro01
    In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then-President Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution "a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people." [includes rush transcript]
    December 10, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Mandela_csea_nyc
    In part 2 of our interview with Danny Schechter, who has made six nonfiction films on Nelson Mandela, including "Mandela in America," he recalls the impact of the anti-apartheid leader’s visit to eight cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland and Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]
    December 09, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Tutu
    Former archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu attended today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela, but did not speak. But he led a lively tribute Monday evening to honor his close friend. After the fall of apartheid, Tutu headed the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is now 82 years old. The intimate gathering where Tutu spoke in Johannesburg was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
    December 10, 2013 | Story
  • Nkosazana
    African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the organization, spoke at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. She is a former anti-apartheid activist who served as South Africa’s minister of health from 1994 to 1999 under President Mandela. She recalled how Mandela was part of a broader Pan-African struggle for independence. "Wherever he went on our continent, doors were opened, he got...
    December 10, 2013 | Story
  • Maya_angelou03
    We end our special coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in his memory. They first met in 1962 before he was imprisoned. "Yes, Mandela’s day is done," Angelou said. "Yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation. And we will respond generously to the cries of blacks and whites, Asians, Hispanics, the poor who live...
    December 10, 2013 | Story