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Welcome to the Nelson Mandela news archive. This is a collection of stories, speeches, slide-shows and videos about key news moments and personal Madiba memories.


Mandela's controversial campaigning for the ANC in the lead up to the 2009 elections

The ANC's 2009 election campaign has received critique from all corners, including the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

This comes after Nelson Mandela attended an ANC election rally in Idutywa, Eastern Cape, with organisers not following proper procedure. By taking Mandela to the rally, his health and security were compromised.

Mandela's grandson Mandla and former ANC Youth League president Fikile Mbalula fetched him from his home in Johannesburg, and flew him to Mthatha without the proper security.

Many people were shocked to see a frail-looking Mandela at the rally, especially after he had said he did not want to be involved in the election campaign.

Mandela attended the rally with ANC president Jacob Zuma, who lashed out at the foundation after reports that Mandela's health had been compromised. Zuma said Mandela was not the property of the foundation and accused the foundation's chairman, Jakes Gerwel, of plotting with the Congress of the People.


Battle over Nelson Mandela's estate

In July 2008, as the world celebrated the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the Sunday Times exposed a bitter feud between the statesman and his children.

The feud over Mandela's estate and funeral arrangements even led his daughters Zenani and Zindziswa and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, to stay away from the celebrations in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

In a letter his daughters stated their unhappiness over the 500 guest party. They chose to celebrate in private with family instead.


Mandela snubs Gary Player

In October 2007, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund withdrew its name from an annual golf tournament hosted by Gary Player.

The aim of the Nelson Mandela Invitational charity golf tournament, was to raise fundsto be equally distributed between the Mandela's children's fund and Player's fund for disadvantaged children.

The controversy erupted over Player's business connection with Myanmar.

Because of the political turmoil in that country, the fund did not want to be associated with the tournament.

However, Player insisted his only involvement was with the design of a golf course, often used by the country's military leaders.


Row erupts over Nelson Mandela's birthplace

Nelson Mandela's favourite grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, angered the Nelson Mandela Museum by pushing ahead with plans to develop Madiba's birthplace.

Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, was set to become a national heritage site. However, Mandela, with the support of the local people, was building new structures in the area, which was against the wishes of the museum's leadership.

Mandela insisted that changes to the area first be discussed with the local people.


Mandela to sue British gallery

In 2005, a court order prohibited the marketing, distribution and sale of any artwork associated with Nelson Mandela following a row between Mandela, his business partner, Ross Calder and his lawyer, Ismail Ayob, over the sale of unauthorised art.

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Winnie's drama with fraud

In April 2003, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of fraud and theft in a bungled banking scam.

She was also found guilty of defrauding a South African bank and dozens of people, and exploiting her position as head of the ANC Women's League.

Madikizela-Mandela was found guilty of 43 counts of fraud and 25 counts of theft.

She received a 5 year jail sentence, which was suspended on appeal by the Pretoria High Court.



Zindzi Mandela to be evicted

The daughter of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zindzi was being evicted for failing to pay her rent in one of Johannesburg's posh suburbs.

Landlady Michelle Cathrall took Zindzi to court for failing to pay rent amounting to R70 000.


Mandela Divorce

After 38 years of marriage, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela divorced.

Although she had stood by him during his imprisonment and was by his side when he was released from prison in 1990, they officially separated in 1992.

In 1996, Judge Frikkie Eloff, after a much-publicised court case, granted them a divorce, in which Mandela was the only witness to take the stand. Eloff based his decision on Mandela's claim that Madikizela-Mandela had had an affair with a young colleague, and he did not think they would reconcile.

Listen to the clip of Nelson Mandela announcing the end of his marriage to Winnie.


The Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Stompie Seipei saga

The Mandela name was tainted with the revelation that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was involved in the kidnapping and assault of four youngsters from Soweto on December 29 1988.

Madikizela-Mandela's bodyguards, named the "Mandela United Football Club", carried out kidnappings, torture and murder. One of the bodyguards was found guilty of the murder of young Stompie Seipei. The bodyguard alleged the kidnapping and severe beating of the youngsters was done on orders from Madikizela-Mandela.

Seipei,14, was severely beaten and had his throat slit.

In 1991 Madikizela-Mandela was found guilty of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault. She received a 6 year jail sentence, which was later reduced to a fine.


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Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund

In 1995 the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund was established,with the vision of improving the lives of children and the youth. The fund also operates in four other countries. Learn more here