Archive documents reveal the US and UK’s role in getting the ANC into power

Sue Onslow, School of Advanced Study and Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in South Africa. But it’s easy to forget how complex, difficult and violent … Read the rest

Institution for African ‘luminaries’ in crisis

The key institution in higher education for Africans “luminaries” is in dire straits.

Fort Hare offered an academic education to blacks from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a pro-British black African elite.

The alumni featured prominently in subsequent independence movements and … Read the rest

No pics allowed at Mandela grandson hearing

A stern message was issued on Friday morning to the media in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court not to take photos inside or outside the court in the matter of a struggle icon’s grandson’s appearance on charges of rape.

Magistrate Paul … Read the rest

Mandela grandson charged with rape

President Nelson Mandela’s grandson remains in police custody after the rape case against him was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 24-year-old Mbuso Mandela is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, and was arrested at the weekend … Read the rest

‘Mandela’s’ granddaughter stabbed to death

The granddaughter of black actor Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death on a Manhattan sidewalk early Sunday during what law-enforcement sources and witnesses described as an “exorcism” at the hands of her ranting boyfriend.

Freeman played the part of Nelson … Read the rest

Letter: Why call me a ‘white bitch’ when I also love Mandela?

I am a white born-free. I was born in the year 1995 into a post-apartheid, democratic South Africa – the “Rainbow Nation” as Archbishop Tutu affectionately named us.

I am a “Millennial” or “Generation Y” as Time magazine likes to … Read the rest

Mandela’s grandson to be sentenced for assault

Former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela is expected to be sentenced in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

He was convicted of assaulting Mthatha teacher Mlamli Ngudle two years ago.

While the Chief of … Read the rest

SA performs first penis transplant

South African doctors announced Friday that they had performed the world’s first successful penis transplant, three months after the ground-breaking operation.

South Africa has long been a pioneer of transplant surgery. In 1967, Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart … Read the rest

Merkel warns UK could exit EU over immigration policy

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled she would rather see the UK leave the EU than compromise the free movement of immigrants, German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

The UK is nearing a “point of no return,” as British Prime Minister … Read the rest

Winnie contests divorce from Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has claimed in papers filed in the High Court in Mthatha that her divorce from former president Nelson Mandela was fraudulently obtained, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

She claimed her marriage certificate was also a fraud and … Read the rest