Xhosa initiation season: 30 dead, 293 hospitalised, ‘some losing genitals’

Five people have been arrested since the start of the initiation season in the Eastern Cape, police said on Tuesday.

The arrests were made in different parts of the province since May, Colonel Sibongile Soci said.

Thirty initiates had died … Read the rest

Mandela’s health overshadows Obama visit

by Laszlo Trankovits

“Viva Mandela! Viva Mandela!” sing the colourfully dressed women dancing in front of the hospital in Pretoria. Children bring pictures they have drawn, teddy bears, dolls and balloons, while adults lay down bouquets and greeting cards.

The … Read the rest

Obama to ‘celebrate Mandela’s legacy’

US President Barack Obama flies to South Africa Friday hoping to pay homage to the legacy of his critically ill hero Nelson Mandela, who is fighting for his life in hospital.

Mandela’s ill health means the two men, who shattered … Read the rest

Mandela’s condition improves: South African presidency

Former president Nelson Mandela’s condition has improved, the presidency said on Thursday.

“President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba’s condition has improved during … Read the rest

‘Luxury vehicles with blue lights’ arrive at Mandela hospital

A convoy of four luxury vehicles fitted with blue lights arrived at the Pretoria hospital on Thursday where former president Nelson Mandela remains critically ill.

Three BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan passed through a security checkpoint at one of … Read the rest

Mandela’s family members arrive at hospital

Family members arrived on Thursday at the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is critically-ill with a recurring lung infection.

His daughter Makaziwe Mandela arrived in a red Range Rover, entering the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital’s Park Street gates at … Read the rest

Tight security at Mandela hospital

Nine police officers were manning the entrance of the Pretoria hospital where critically-ill former president was being treated on Thursday.

The officers were screening all vehicles entering the hospital through the Park Street entrance at 6am.

Another police contingent was … Read the rest

Candles burn for ailing Mandela

Burning candles, bouquets of pink and red flowers, paintings and hundreds of messages at the entrance of a Pretoria hospital on Wednesday urged critically-ill former president Nelson Mandela to soldier on.

Well-wishers have consistently registered support for Mandela in different … Read the rest

Mandela still critical: South African presidency

Former president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, the presidency said on Tuesday.

“[Mandela’s] condition remains unchanged in hospital, and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort,” spokesman Mac … Read the rest