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Rights group pleas for rabbit in Mandela statue's ear

An animals rights group has applied to South Africa's government to adopt the bronze bunny secretly sculpted inside the right ear of a statue of Nelson Mandela. Authorities this week ordered the little figure's removal after the artists included it without clearance. But in a letter to Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) asked to take in the orphaned animal.

Directors of firm in Mandela signer scandal quit ANC

Two directors of the company that employed a bogus sign language interpreter for Nelson Mandela's memorial service have quit their jobs in South Africa's ruling African National Congress, a party spokesman said Tuesday. Reverend Bantubahle Xozwa, who was head of the party's religious affairs department, and his wife Cikizwa, a personal assistant to the ANC's chief spokesman, resigned after interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie was exposed as an impostor. "They resigned in December," ANC spokesman Keith Khoza told AFP.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Mandela grandson in court on assault charges

Nelson Mandela's grandson, a member of the South African parliament, appeared in court charged with assault on Thursday, after an altercation with a teacher late last year. Prosecutors read out formal charges against Mandla Mandela, 39, accusing him of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as with pointing his gun, according to state broadcaster SABC. The charges followed a quarrel when another driver reportedly bumped into the car of one of Mandela's business associates in Mthatha, in the south of the country.

Thatcher refused to call publicly for Mandela release

Nelson Mandela's name was not raised once in an official meeting between Margaret Thatcher and South Africa's prime minister in 1984, records showed Friday, re-opening the debate into how much she pushed for his release from prison. P. W. Botha was invited to talks with Thatcher at the British prime minister's Chequers country residence to discuss South Africa's policy towards its black population, as the apartheid regime sought to emerge from its international isolation.

Thatcher refused to call publicly for Mandela release

Nelson Mandela's name was not raised once in an official meeting between Margaret Thatcher and South Africa's prime minister in 1984, records showed Friday, re-opening the debate into how much she pushed for his release from prison. P. W. Botha was invited to talks with the Thatcher at the British prime minister's Chequers country residence to discuss South Africa's policy towards its black population, as the apartheid regime sought to emerge from its international isolation.

S. Africa's right still fears post-Mandela apocalypse

In South Africa, right-wing prophesies that Nelson Mandela's death will be followed by a racial apocalypse refuse to be quashed by events. Ever since the mostly peaceful transition to majority rule in 1994, right-wing South Africans have claimed the moment would spell an end to reconciliation and unleash untold bloodshed. So engrained was the idea of a "Night of the Long Knives" that it even seeped into mainstream thinking.

Mossad trained Mandela in Ethiopia: Israeli archive

Israeli Mossad agents operating in Ethiopia in 1962 unwittingly trained Nelson Mandela in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and sabotage, according to a document released by Israel's state archives. A letter from a Mossad official to the foreign ministry, dated October 11, 1962 titled "THE BLACK PIMPERNEL" and released to the public on Sunday, recalls a conversation in which "we discussed a trainee in Ethiopia named David Mobasari, from Rhodesia". "The aforementioned was trained by the Ethiopians in Judo, sabotage and weapons," the letter read.

French institute to restore, digitise Mandela trial recordings

France's National Audiovisual Institute (INA) announced Friday it would restore and digitise the recordings of the Rivonia Trial that saw Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid activists sentenced to life in jail. The original audio recordings of the 1963-1964 court case -- described as one of the most significant political trials in South African history -- are old and deteriorating.
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