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PM Modi pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation here and paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon.

“Penultimate stop in Jo’burg, before community reception. PM pays a visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with photographs.

 

Modi also met Ahmed Kathrada, Laloo Chiba, George Bezos and Ronnie Kasrils — all comrades of Mandela.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation served as the post-presidential office of Mandela and was established in 1999 after he stepped down as President of South Africa.

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It provided the base for his charitable work, covering a wide range of endeavours — from building schools to HIV/AIDS work, from research into education in rural areas to peace and reconciliation interventions, according to the foundation’s website.

In 2004, the Foundation began its transition into an organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work..

“A comprehensive refurbishment of the Foundation’s building provided it with an appropriate physical home, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory,” the website states.

“The Centre was opened on November 18, 2013, three years to the day after Mr Mandela last used the building as his office.”

Prior to this, Modi visited Constitution Hill, the site of South Africa’s highest constitutional court and where Mahatma Gandhi was incarcerated, and paid floral tributes to the leader of India’s freedom struggle.

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Later on Friday, he will address an Indian diaspora rally in Johannesburg before departing for Durban where his engagements are scheduled for Saturday.

India and South Africa signed four agreements following delegation-level talks headed by Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria earlier on Friday.

Modi arrived in South Africa from Mozambique on Thursday night on the second leg of his four-nation tour of Africa.

This is his first visit to mainland Africa and is also the first prime ministerial visit from India to South Africa since the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in 2013 for the G20 summit in Durban.

 

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South Africa’s graft-tainted president announces anti-corruption probe

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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s president says he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party.

President Jacob Zuma’s statement Tuesday night says “this matter cannot wait any longer” and that any further delay will make the public doubt the government’s revolve to fight graft.

The announcement comes amid opposition calls for Zuma’s impeachment and as the ruling African National Congress holds a high-level meeting this week, with the president’s fate a certain topic of discussion.

Rising public frustration over multiple corruption allegations against Zuma have led some in the ANC to call for him to step aside so the party can be in a stronger position to contest elections in 2019.

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Kenyan Supreme Court Cancels Presidential Election Due To Irregularities

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Kenyan Supreme Court on Friday, September 1, nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election which was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Presiding Judge, Justice David Maraga said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election.

The East Africa’s apex court also ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days, with the nullification becoming the first in the history of Kenya.

“The declaration [of Kenyatta’s win] is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.

The Judge added that the election commission “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

Reacting to the judgment, Kenyatta’s attorneys said the court’s nullification was a “very political decision” but assured that they will live with the decision.

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Nigerian protesters demand sick President Buhari return or quit

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Nigerian protesters demanded Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed ailment for more than three months, either return or resign.

Buhari left for the British capital on May 7 on what is his latest medical trip, appointing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf.

Dozens of protesters marched in heavy rain to the presidential villa in Abuja with banners urging that the 74-year-old retired general, who headed a military regime in the 1980s, return.

“Resume or resign, Nigerians say enough is enough,” one said, with others stating: “If president Buhari cannot return to Nigeria after 90 days, then he should resign and go home”, and “Buhari, where are you? Nigerians want full disclosure. What is wrong with our president?”

The peaceful march was organised by a coalition of civil society groups under the supervision of security agents.

“We are here today because the president of Nigeria has absconded from duty,” said Deji Adeyanju, one of the organisers.

“He has not only absconded, he has continued to lie to us. This year alone the president has been away for 144 days.

“He was away for 52 days in January and he has been away again today for 92 consecutive days. This cannot continue.”

Buhari has been dogged by speculation about his health since June last year when he first went to London for treatment of what the presidency said was a persistent ear infection.

He then spent nearly two months in London in January and February and said on his return in early March that he had “never been so ill”.

Last month, members of the ruling party and the opposition went to see him in London and even took pictures in an attempt to douse public anxiety.

The health of Nigeria’s leaders has been a sensitive issue since the death in office of president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010 after months of treatment abroad.

Buhari’s main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He denied the claim.

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