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By fstimes On 30 Jan, 2014 At 05:08 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Political leaders need to get their priorities straightened out when it comes to homosexuality versus child abuse, writes Jane Raphaely. It has always puzzled me why some men – particularly politicians – are so punitive towards gay men and ­lesbian women, and so ­indifferent about ­paedophiles and child abusers. I am not suggesting that these […]

By fstimes On 30 Jan, 2014 At 05:19 PM | Categorized As Columns | With 0 Comments
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Helen Zille and Mamphela Ramphele’s merger might not leave everyone as happy as the two seem to think, writes Haji Mohamed Dawjee. “Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”, wrote Shakespeare. But when it comes to the marriage between Agang SA and the Democratic Alliance (DA) … let’s. Because if there’s one thing that […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:03 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Dear Tata uNelson Mandela, IN this our age, the age of open letters, I decided to write this open letter to you to commemorate your life and to let you know that you have touched my life and those of millions more here in South Africa and the entire globe. Tata, so many people felt […]

By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 10:06 AM | Categorized As Columns, Comment | With 0 Comments
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AS South Africa and the whole world celebrate the life of anti-apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela, who passed on at 95 last Thursday, it is almost impossible to find anything else that hasn’t been said yet about his greatness. He has been eulogised as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to personify the […]

By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 10:30 AM | Categorized As Columns | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki FROM where the sun rises to where it goes to rest, from where the wind comes from and where it blows to, from where the rain forms to where its waters finally find respite, however transient, we are children bereft. When Africa’s greatest son Nelson Mandela breathed his last, all of us parted […]

By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 10:22 AM | Categorized As Columns | With 0 Comments
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If there was one thing that could not have been predicted before the Nelson Mandela memorial service, it was the booing of President Jacob Zuma. It was, like the rain, unscheduled and, for some, unwelcome. There will be debates around whether it was right, and proper, to boo during a funeral. One thing cannot be […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As Columns, Local, Mandela Special Edition, News, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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IN a snap survey around Bloemfontein last night people from across the political, social and racial divide expressed shock and pain at the death of the founding president of democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who passed on Thursday night. Below are the views expressed by some of the people who spoke to Free State Times […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:31 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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OFTEN referred to as “the trial that changed South Africa”, the Rivonia trial saw Nelson Mandela and nine other top leaders of the ANC and its Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) guerrilla wing stand trial in October 1963 on charges of committing sabotage and attempting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. The trial named after the […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:47 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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NELSON Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down […]

By fstimes On 5 Dec, 2013 At 10:07 PM | Categorized As Africa, Columns, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, World | With 0 Comments
BRITAIN NELSON MANDELA

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the father of the nation, died on December 5 2013 at the age of 95. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday night. He said Mandela passed away at 20:50 in his Houghton home surrounded by his wife, Graça Machel and members of his family. Zuma said Mandela would have a […]