Dutch Gov’t will not seek arrest of Suriname President Bouterse in South Africa


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The President of the Republic of Suriname Dési Bouterse
De President van de Republiek Suriname Dési Bouterse

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (CMC) —The Dutch Government says it will not seek the arrest of Suriname President Desi Bouterse during his trip to South Africa to attend the funeral of that country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans said that while Bouterse’s court sentence remains, “it cannot be executed as long as he is president”.

Bouterse was convicted in absentia in 1999 and given an 11-year jail term. He has consistently denied involvement in cocaine trafficking and managed to evade arrest and prison time by not travelling internationally until he became president in 2010.

Since his swearing in he has travelled extensively, but never through this country.

The Netherlands, which has relentlessly pursued him, has given mixed signals in recent years since he became head of state.

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Funeral plans for Nelson Mandela


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Nelson Mandela

A state funeral will be held for Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and former president of South Africa who died  at the age 95. Heads of state from around the world are expected

The following is the current schedule for events to remember the man South Africans affectionately call Madiba. Specific plans and times are subject to change.

Saturday, December 14: Body moved from Pretoria to Qunu.

Mandela’s body will be moved to Waterkloof Air Base (supposedly via a “secret route”), where 1,000 African National Congress dignitaries will pay their respects.

Mandela’s wife Graca and 10 elders from Qunu will accompany the body to Umtata (Mthatha) Airport, where it will be transported to his house in Qunu, Mandela’s birthplace.

The family will hold an evening vigil. A vigil will also be held at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.

Sunday, December 15: State Funeral, Qunu.

President Barack Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Bush, Prince Charles, Oprah Winfrey and others Heads of states will attend the funeral service in Qunu. Rituals will accompany the procession of the coffin from the Mandela house to the service, to be officiated by Archbishop Tutu.

Following the service, the coffin will be carried uphill to the burial site, followed by prayers and a flyby of military planes.

Mandela’s coffin will be lowered into the ground.

Monday, December 16: President Zuma thanks the nation.

Death of a Legend Nelson Mandela 1918-2013.


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Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95

Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family.

The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be free”.

“Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation,” he said from Pretoria.

“Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.

 

Nelson Mandela Biography

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

After his father’s death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children “Christian” names.

He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated.

Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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Cheryll Nosia Kwitshanna, south african ‘lost’ in guyana gulag


Coming up at 9pm (Guyana time) “Straight Up” on www.benschopradio.com UK based South African mother cries for justice for her jailed daughter in Guyana – the woman claims that the Government of Guyana, the police and other politicians have done nothing to defend her daughter’s Human Rights.

Millicent Gaika rape victim in south africa

‘corrective rape’ terror campaign on lesbians south africa


Millicent Gaika rape victim in south africa

Millicent Gaika

In the report, one lesbian and gay support group told ActionAid it was dealing with 10 new cases of lesbians being targeted for what it called “corrective rape” every week in Cape Town alone and said that hundreds of South African lesbian women have reported that gangs of men taunted them for being lesbians, and then proceeded to viciously rape and beat them in an effort to cure them of their “homosexual affliction” and change them into “real girls.”lezgetreal.com

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jean betrand aristide – we”re ready to go home to haiti


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jean betrand aristide and wife Mildred Trouillot in johannesburg today

“We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death,” Aristide told a press conference at an airport hotel in Johannesburg, standing alongside his wife, Mildred. He said friends were ready to give him a plane to return with emergency supplies.

Tears streaming down his face, Aristide continued: “We cannot wait to be with our sisters and brothers in Haiti. We share the anguish of all Haitians in the diaspora who are desperate to reach family and loved ones.

“As far as we are concerned we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity.”

Aristide’s wife stood with her eyes downcast, twisting a handkerchief. Both dabbed their eyes as they left after the brief statement.

A South African foreign affairs ministry official, Saul Kgomotso Molobi, said Aristide would not take questions because “the situation is difficult and unbearable for the family”. He added that South Africa knew of no plans for Aristide to return to Haiti.