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Actor Morgan Freeman mistaken for Mandela in India billboard gaffe

An Indian owner of a billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela was red-faced on Thursday after the discovery that a photo of actor Morgan Freeman was used instead of one of the anti-apartheid hero. The billboard was erected on the side of a road in the southern city of Coimbatore as part of memorials across India and the world to Mandela, who died on December 5. But Freeman's face loomed large in the billboard over small images of rights icons Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.

Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie denied Wednesday there was a dynastic battle within his extensive family, amid reports of a renewed feud shortly after the peace icon's death. According to various media reports the family cut off Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla and heir to the clan title since the icon's died on December 5. But his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela slammed "mischievous innuendos" and "apartheid-style" tactics.

A year at 'Madiba's' bedside

"Critical but stable" was the phrase that defined much of 2013 in South Africa. During multiple stays in hospital it was the only phrase used by the government to describe Nelson Mandela's health, the only clue about the status of a man revered by millions. Although so vague as to be meaningless, it was readily repeated by a media desperately trying to slake intense public interest in Mandela's health. Scorn was poured over anyone who dared to dig a little deeper -- the brave (or foolish) were accused of violating the privacy of an international icon.

Afrikaner exclusion would have 'appalled' Mandela

Nelson Mandela would have been appalled at South Africa's Afrikaner community's exclusion from his funeral, Desmond Tutu has charged, also questioning the leading role handed to the ruling ANC. Tutu said Mandela had been given "the send-off he deserved" but apologised for the failure to match the icon's renowned openness by not including the country's main white Afrikaans church. "Madiba would have been appalled, for he was quite determined to be inclusive," said Tutu, referring to Mandela's clan name, in a statement late Monday.

S.Africa moves on after Mandela laid to rest

On a public holiday dedicated to reconciliation, South Africans started coming to terms with the loss of Nelson Mandela, unveiling a giant statue Monday to honour his struggle for equality. A day after the democracy icon was buried with full honours at his boyhood village nearly 1,000 kilometres (560 miles) away, a nine-metre (30 foot) bronze likeness was unveiled in the vast gardens of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria.

SAfrica moves on after Mandela laid to rest

On a public holiday dedicated to reconciliation, South Africans started coming to terms with the loss of Nelson Mandela on Monday, unveiling a giant statue Monday to honour his struggle for equality. A day after the democracy icon was buried with full honours in his boyhood village nearly 1,000 kilometres (560 miles) away, a nine-metre (30 foot) bronze likeness was unveiled on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria.

SAfrica moves on after Mandela laid to rest

On a public holiday dedicated to reconciliation, South Africans started coming to terms with the loss of Nelson Mandela, unveiling a giant statue Monday to honour his struggle for equality. A day after the democracy icon was buried with full honours in his boyhood village, a nine-metre (30 foot) bronze likeness was unveiled on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria.

Mandela statue unveiled on South Africa's Reconciliation Day

A nine-metre statue of Nelson Mandela will be unveiled Monday on a holiday dedicated to reconciliation, 24 hours after the solemn burial of the icon credited with South Africa's peaceful transition. The 30-foot, bronze colossus will be officially unwrapped by President Jacob Zuma on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria where Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president in 1994.

SAfrica moves on after Mandela laid to rest

On a public holiday dedicated to reconciliation, South Africans on Monday started coming to terms with the loss of Nelson Mandela, a day after he was buried at the end of a life struggle for freedom and equality. A nine-metre, bronze statue of the democracy icon will be unveiled on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria where Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president in 1994.

Nelson Mandela laid to rest

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was laid to rest Sunday after a state funeral filled with tearful eulogies and strident vows to pursue his ideals of equality and justice. Mandela's casket was buried at a family plot in his rural boyhood home of Qunu, watched by his widow Graca Machel, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, other family members and around 450 selected guests.
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