Today 06 December
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa?
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — At first, it was just a few people running from the men with machetes and guns. Then the trickle of fear that led straight to the airport swelled into a flood.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country's black-white divide and helped avert a race war.
South Africa's rugby fraternity paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela on Friday, reliving the day 18 years ago when the Springboks won the World Cup and Mandela won over the nation. Former captain Francois Pienaar, who received the World Cup from Mandela in 1995, led the pack, describing Mandela as "the most extraordinary and incredible human being." "I will always be profoundly grateful for the personal role Nelson Mandela has played in my life, as my President and my example." South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins said simply: "South Africa owes so much to him, so does rugby."
People gathered in cities around the world to make their own personal tributes to Nelson Mandela on Friday, leaving flowers and setting up makeshift shrines in an outpouring of emotion for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon. From Beijing to Kiev to London, members of the public offered spontaneous celebrations of Mandela's life to sit alongside official displays of mourning following his death on Thursday aged 95. A statue of Mandela outside the British parliament was the focus for one of the biggest tributes, while mourners left floral offerings at South African embassies around the globe in a sign of his far-reaching influence. "It's amazing how one person made so much change," said Joan Foster, 51, from London as she laid a bunch of flowers in Parliament Square.
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