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Malawi mourns VP amid protests over plane crash response

Malawi mourns VP amid protests over plane crash response

MALAWIANS gathered to mourn Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima amid heavy security, a day after people from his home district launched protests over the government's response to the plane crash that killed him and eight others last week. Chilima, 51, was laid to rest in his village of Nsipe in the district of Ntcheu, about 160 km (100 miles) southeast of the capital Lilongwe. The evening before, crowds - who said officials did not move quickly enough to mount a search and rescue mission when the military plane disappeared - blockaded the road and threw stones at vehicles in the funeral cortege…
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Namibia’s late president Geingob buried

Namibia’s late president Geingob buried

NAMIBIA'S late president Hage Geingob, who died in hospital on February 4, weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, was buried at the Heroes Acre with thousands of mourners, including 25 heads of state and former presidents in attendance. The burial was on the outskirts of Windhoek following 20 days of mourning. Soldiers gave Geingob a 21-gun salute while K-8 fighter jets flew past. Geingob, 82, Namibia's two-time prime minister and third president since its independence from minority-ruled South Africa in 1990, has been in charge of the sparsely populated and mostly arid southern African nation since 2015. He was serving his…
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Kenya marathon hero Kiptum honoured at funeral as unique talent and family man

Kenya marathon hero Kiptum honoured at funeral as unique talent and family man

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, whose dreams of breaking the race's two-hour barrier were ended by a car crash earlier this month, was remembered for his talent and humility at a funeral service in western Kenya. The service in the Rift Valley village of Chepkorio was attended by political and sporting dignitaries, including Kenyan President William Ruto and World Athletics president Sebastian Coe. The 24-year-old Kiptum had only run three international marathons but each was among the fastest seven times ever recorded. He set the world record in Chicago last October in two hours and 35 seconds, shaving 34 seconds off his…
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Supporters demand sainthood for Benedict as Pope Francis leads funeral

Supporters demand sainthood for Benedict as Pope Francis leads funeral

PHILIP PULLELLA and CRISPIAN BALMER POPE Francis led the funeral of former Pope Benedict, tenderly touching the coffin of his predecessor as he stood supported on a cane before tens of thousands of mourners, with some calling for the late pontiff to be made a saint. Benedict's death on Saturday brought to an end a decade of the former and present pope living side-by-side in the Vatican and it was the first time in more than 200 years that a pontiff had led the service for his predecessor. His death was a loss for conservatives who yearned for a return to a…
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Tens of thousands view body of former Pope Benedict

Tens of thousands view body of former Pope Benedict

PHILIP PULLELLA A steady stream of tens of thousands of people filed into St. Peter's Basilica to pay their respects to former Pope Benedict XVI, whose body was laying in state without any papal paraphernalia ahead of his funeral this week. Benedict, a hero to conservative Catholics who yearned for a return to a more traditional Church, died on Saturday at the age of 95 in the secluded Vatican monastery where he had lived since 2013 when he became the first pope in 600 years to resign. "I feel like he was a grandfather to us," Veronica Siegal, 16, a Catholic high school student…
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Gallery: Zindzi Mandela

Gallery: Zindzi Mandela

                  ZINDZISWA “ZINDZI” MANDELA: 23 December 1960 - 13 July 2020.  A picture says a thousand words. Captured in these images are memories of Zindzi, who many South Africans remember as a comrade, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a cousin or a simply, a woman of her time, born into the struggle against apartheid. 
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South Africa mourns the 21 victims of tavern tragedy

South Africa mourns the 21 victims of tavern tragedy

JOHNNIE ISAAC SOUTH African mourners gathered in the coastal city of East London to grieve the still-mysterious deaths of 21 teenagers in a poorly ventilated local tavern 10 days ago. Dressed in black, they sang and danced to solemn gospel songs in front of the coffins of 19 of the victims, the youngest of whom was a 13-year-old girl, Thembinkosi Silwane. All were empty, the funeral parlour said, as police were still investigating the deaths - the remaining two were buried separately by their families. "Our hearts are broken. There are parents who will not get to hug or kiss…
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Zindzi Mandela buried next to her mom and grandchildren

Zindzi Mandela buried next to her mom and grandchildren

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FRIENDS of the late struggle activist and diplomat Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela-Hlongwane held red roses and her coffin was carried over a red carpet in a poignant, emotional and dignified final farewell to her. Zindzi, who died this week, was buried today next to her mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her two grandchildren Zinawe and Zenani after a private funeral service at the Fourways Memorial Garden in Johannesburg. Zindzi was the youngest daughter of liberation icons Madikizela-Mandela and the great Nelson Mandela. She was buried a day before what would have been her father’s 102nd birthday. Her family disclosed…
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“My last meeting with Zindzi Mandela”

“My last meeting with Zindzi Mandela”

 THAMI KA PLAATJE AT a recent international conference at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,  I had an occasion to reunite with Sis Zindzi. She was in the company of her amiable and jovial elder sister Zenani and we took to the remote corner to share our thoughts far from the ambassadorial glee and diplomatic loquaciousness of the conference.  This was our first encounter since the passing of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela, and the occasion called for some long catch-up and chit -chat albeit within the limited time allowed by the rigours of the conference underway.  Zindzi bemoaned the…
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