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South African president mourns passing of anti-
apartheid heroine
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday mourned the death of anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, calling her “an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free.”

“It is with a profound sense of loss and deep sadness that we have learnt of the passing away of Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,” Ramaphosa said.
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Winnie, former President Nelson Mandela’s wife, died in Johannesburg Monday afternoon after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year, her family announced.

“Today we have lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a comrade, a leader and an icon,” Ramaphosa said.

Even at the darkest moments of the struggle for liberation, Winnie was “an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free,” Ramaphosa said.

In the midst of repression, she was a voice of defiance and resistance, said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa also called Winnie “a champion of justice and equality” in the face of exploitation.

“Throughout her life she made an everlasting contribution to the struggle through sacrifice and her unyielding determination.

"Her dedication to the plight of her people gained her the love and the respect of the nation,” Ramaphosa said.

For many years, Winnie bore the brunt of the senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism and fortitude, the president said.

CAPE TOWN South Africa  -- South Africans mourn death of anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. PHOTO - WIKIPEDIA

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“Despite the hardships she faced, she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would succeed,” Ramaphosa said.

Winnie remained throughout her life a tireless advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalised and was a voice for the voiceless, said Ramaphosa.

He urged South Africans to draw inspiration from the struggles that Winnie fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life.

Also on Monday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) lowered its revolutionary banner in honor of the memory of Winnie.

The ANC called Winnie a great woman who was so loved and revered and whose name will forever be inscribed in history.

Winnie’s resilience and courage inspired freedom struggles not only in South Africa, but across Africa and her diaspora, the ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said.

As one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid, Winnie fought fearlessly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions.

Despite all these attempts to break her spirit, she remained steadfast and refused to cease with her political activism, displaying exemplary courage that made her a role model for many young women activists in South Africa, Magashule said.
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South African anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela passes away

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, on Monday, said the statement released by Mandela’s family.

Winnie died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones, said the statement.

Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid. She fought valiantly against the Apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to Apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State, it said.

Winnie kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the Struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognizable faces.

She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this was known far and wide as the Mother Of The Nation, added the statement.

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UN chief saddened by death of Madikizela-Mandela

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was saddened by the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a former wife of Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid leader in her own right, said a UN spokesman on Monday.

“The secretary-general is saddened by the passing of Ms. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a leading figure at the forefront of the fight against apartheid in South Africa,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, told reporters.

“She was a strong and fearless voice in the struggle for equal rights and will be remembered as a symbol of resistance,” said the spokesman.

The secretary-general extended his deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and to Madikizela-Mandela’s family, he said.

Madikizela-Mandela died in Johannesburg on Monday at the age of 81. She died peacefully surrounded by her family following a long illness that kept her in and out of hospital since the start of the year, her family said in a statement.

Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid.
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Who was Winnie Mandela, South Africa's 'Mother of the Nation?'

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Winnie Mandela was South African anti-apartheid activist and politician

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South Africa accepts Australia’s retraction of government official remarks

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday welcomed the retraction of remarks by the Australian Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, on the South African land redistribution process.

There was a diplomatic row after Dutton offered to assist the “persecuted” South African white famers, resulting in Pretoria demanding a retraction.

Sisulu called the Australian representative in South Africa and demanded that there be a retraction. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Jullie Bishop then retracted the remarks.

“We welcome the assurance by the Australian government as reported in the media that the comments made by their Home Affairs Minister are not in line with Australian immigration policy,” Sisulu said.

She also stated that South Africa’s diplomatic channels are always open to those who may wish to seek clarity on the country’s policy positions.

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South Africa welcomes Australia’s retraction of land redistribution comments

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa on Monday welcomed Australia’s retraction of comments by a cabinet minister about granting visas to “prosecuted” white South African farmers.

“We welcome the assurance by the Australian government as reported in the media that the comments made by their Home Affairs Minister are not in line with Australian immigration policy,” Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu said in a statement.

Sisulu said South Africa’s diplomatic channels remained open to those who wished to seek clarity on South Africa’s policy positions.

Last month, Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he would prioritize granting visas to “prosecuted” white South African farmers who deserve special attention from his government over South Africa’s land redistribution.

His remarks prompted Sisulu to summon Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, Adam McCarthy to express South Africa’s displeasure.

Last week, both Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop retracted Dutton’s offer to help white South African farmers.

In her Monday statement, Sisulu said South Africa welcomes Australia’s condemnation of the unfortunate comments by South African and other international organizations and leaders.

“We must emphasize, as we have stated before, that no one is being persecuted in South Africa, including white farmers,” Sisulu said.

She called upon all non-governmental organizations to “desist from spreading untruths and misleading information.”

South Africa has initiated a process to amend the Constitution to pave way for the appropriation of the land without compensation, giving rise to concerns about the fate of white South African farmers who own most of the land in the country.

The South African government has emphasized that the land appropriation would be done within the confines of the law and not disturb the country’s economic performance.

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Xenophobia-related violence erupts in South African province

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- A xenophobia-related protest turned violent on Monday after protesters looted from burning delivery trucks in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Protesters barricaded the route heading towards the Mooi River toll plaza, blocking the N3 highway, one of the busiest routes in the country. Traffic has come to a standstill, stranding hundreds of holidaymakers returning from the Easter holiday.

Residents took to the streets in protest against local truck companies hiring foreigners as truck drivers. They complain that foreigners are taking jobs away from them.

TV footage showed protesters burning down several delivery trucks and looting goods from them. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has dispatched police reinforcements to quell the violence. Cele himself went to the spot to intervene.

Cele’s spokesperson Nonkululeko Phokane said the minister and senior management had decided to attend to the situation after reports of looting and “chaos and disorder on the national road.”

Police said 11 people have been arrested for suspected involvement in acts of violence.

Xenophobia-related violence is not rare  in South Africa where complaints about foreigners taking up jobs from locals often lead to violent protests.

The latest incident was in early 2017 when local residents burned shops and businesses belonging to non-South Africans in Johannesburg.

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South Africa: First VAT increase in 25 years takes effect

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The first value added tax (VAT) increase in 25 years took effect in South Africa on Sunday, amid concerns that the move will hurt the pockets of all consumers.

The VAT increase from 14 percent to 15 percent was announced by Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba in February as an attempt to fill the fiscal gap of 40 billion rand (about 3.4 billion U.S. dollars).

The increase is expected to add approximately 22.9 billion rand (1.9 billion dollars) to the fiscus.

The VAT hike is central in a set of tax increases, including higher estate and luxury goods duties and an extra 52 cents per litre in fuel levies.

The tax hikes come alongside government expenditure cuts of 85 billion rand (about 7.2 billion dollars) over the next three years to fund inclusive economic growth and social spending, from free higher education to health care and social protection.

South Africa had not adjusted VAT since 1993.

The Finance Ministry says South Africa’s VAT is low compared to some of its peers, therefore increasing VAT is unavoidable if the government is to maintain the integrity of its public finances.

Most economists agree that the move is arguably the most effective way of raising revenue.

Trade unions and civil society organizations are on public record opposing this option.

But Kwaku Koranteng, acting head of Absa Asset Consulting, said the increase does mean that general inflation will increase and the average consumers’ pockets will be hit the hardest.

The VAT increase is not applied to basic food items.

             

 

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