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Obama trip to Robben Island off

2011-06-23 12:11

Cape Town - US First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off the last leg of her South African tour in Cape Town on Thursday, where she will meet with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu.

However her planned tour of the apartheid prison Robben Island, which once held Nelson Mandela, was cancelled due to bad weather that made the journey by ferry impossible.

"My understanding is that the visit was cancelled due to bad weather. There are lots of swells. I know she was looking forward to that [Robben Island trip]," said US embassy spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau.

Instead, she toured the District Six Museum, on the outskirts of the CBD.

Later Obama planned to meet with local education officials and youth at the University of Cape Town, where she was to bring along a group of students from poor neighbourhoods.

She will complete her day with a visit to the Cape Town Soccer Stadium where she will meet Tutu and kick around a ball with local children.

Obama arrived in the country on Monday along with her daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother Marian Robinson.

The trip has honoured the icons of the freedom struggle.

Highlights of visit

On Wednesday she visited Regina Mundi church, which was once a haven in Soweto for activists fighting apartheid.

From the pulpit she delivered a speech to more than 2 000 people where she tapped into the memory of South Africa's liberation struggle and the American civil rights movement to encourage young leaders.

About 70 young women from across the African continent were brought to Soweto to hear the speech and meet Obama, who urged them to pursue projects from stopping AIDS to fighting corruption.

She then visited the Hector Pieterson Memorial where she laid a wreath and observed a moment of silence with Pieterson's sister.

But the highlight of their tour came on Tuesday, when Obama's family was granted a rare meeting with Nelson Mandela at his Johannesburg home.

After Cape Town, Obama and her family leave Friday for neighbouring Botswana, where they will go on safari on Saturday.

Comments
  • ShakaN - 2011-06-23 12:22

    When is she having a meeting with our countries biggest clown? Julias Malema. Surely she has to leave here with her sense of humour also having been tickeled.

      Psychotron - 2011-06-23 12:34

      I hope she can see a video of him. I wonder what Malema would say if he met her since she is a full on westerner.

      Matt - 2011-06-23 12:42

      He'd blame her coconut style on apartheid

      roboman1 - 2011-06-23 12:48

      Quite agree, she should definitely have met with Julius, he is showing such promise as one of Africa's future greats. He epitomises evrything Africa respects and aspires to in leaders, selfless greed, extreme racism, magnetism to the under educated and of course that one true great quality, he is always quite prepared to lead the masses from being poor to being absolutely poverty stricken and starving, as long as he is personally enriched along the way. It would be good for dear Ms. Obama to meet face to face, Africa's next biggest despot in training.

      De_La_Rey - 2011-06-23 12:49

      WHO CARES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Joker - 2011-06-23 13:08

      No she's got way too many white tendancies

      ???? - 2011-06-23 13:15

      If she visits Malema,CNN might just record her leaving his house the next morning with unbrushed hair and taxi fair

      Virginia - 2011-06-23 13:28

      SkakaN , she does not have to have a meeting with Julius, if you listened to her speech to the youth of Africa she gave them all the right to persue what Malema wants.I really thought that she would tell this lot about respect, honouring you parents and their elders, but know she told them to go for it lookafter what is theirs for the future and stop all the corrution in the county.

      Kragenhai - 2011-06-23 13:30

      Have you forgotten that Julius does not speak to "tea girls"?

      simodi - 2011-06-23 15:51

      thought as much no comment without Juju,the thing is ur scared of this king Malema he is the politician of the moment n its fact.dandie sani for making that statement ShakaN.

      lean - 2011-06-23 19:11

      http://www.eutimes.net/2010/03/in-mugabes-zimbabwe-people-eat-elephant-meat-even-raw/In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, people eat Elephant meat, even raw - She really need to visit Zimbabwe...

      Wayne - 2011-06-24 09:56

      She had a laugh from the moment Zuma told her about his trip to Libya..

  • The Stig - 2011-06-23 12:26

    cant she afford a chopper?

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-23 12:33

      You dont want to be on Robben Island in that rubbish Cape weather....chopper or not!

      Psychotron - 2011-06-23 12:35

      I think the tax money has been pillaged in government so no.

      willieman - 2011-06-23 12:36

      security logistics baba,she is not like our president who waits for hours for kindergarden kids to dictate to him

      apie - 2011-06-23 13:11

      Her husband has one.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-23 13:22

      @ Solo-JHB: a nationwide cold front has hit South Africa, not just Cape Town - there was a brief hailstorm this morning in / around the Plattekloof area. Its weird that you say "rubbish Cape weather" when Cape Town usually boasts fairer and more reliable weather conditions than Johannesburg. (4 seasons in 1 day in Joburg) Sure, the trip was canceled, but clearly because the itinerary had been scheduled prior to compensating for weather conditions - you know, make the plans, then see if you can follow through. Weather permitting, the Robben Island trip would have happened. Sadly it couldn't, but that's not to say she can't come visit again. :)

  • bob - 2011-06-23 12:39

    through away the key

  • Darren - 2011-06-23 12:41

    Welcome to Cape Town but please tell your Men in Black guys (bloody agents) in your big black SUV's to drive properly…julle ry KAK!

      yebocan - 2011-06-23 12:52

      US Secret Service, speel nie....shoot and ask later applies to the full extent -

      willieman - 2011-06-23 13:13

      typical kaapenar always vulgar

      Darren - 2011-06-23 13:18

      @Willieman…your name is vulgar…sies!

  • Matt - 2011-06-23 12:43

    Why would she spend R150 on a trip to Robben Island? If she just wanted ANC propaganda she could watch SABC for free

      Eric West - 2011-06-23 13:13

      LOL!!! Do you think she has realised that there are also white people living in SA? I see she is just as good as Barack at reading the Teleprompter! :)

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-23 13:25

      Because Robben Island is a tourist destination as well as a historical icon. Nelson Mandela is a national hero and he is respected globally. She probably knows about the ANC of today and simply wanted to visit the ANC of yesterday, where Nelson Mandela empowered South Africans and this coutnry. Or, maybe she could have had a trip in the cable car to the top of Table Mountain - weather conditions permitting. Could also have been nice, but less awe-inspiring historical value. But anyway, you get the idea. :)

  • Nintendo - 2011-06-23 12:45

    blah blah blah blah fishpaste.....

  • Deelen Pillay - 2011-06-23 13:09

    so what plane does the first lady use? just curious...

      Papsak - 2011-06-23 13:15

      She uses an aeroplane.

      Bart - 2011-06-23 13:53

      Air force 2

  • Neo - 2011-06-23 13:09

    Maybe she can visit the security prisons in Israel where palestinians are still kept under their apartheid rule.

      King Solomon - 2011-06-23 13:28

      Maybe she can tell the Palestinians to stop murdering innocent civilians and tell their friends not to fly planes into buildings.

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-06-23 13:39

      You mean where the muslim terrorists are kept in security prisons.

      Zee - 2011-06-23 14:38

      Oh ffs another "all muslims are terrorists" ahole. Go play in traffic you twat. Have you been to the middle east? Then stfu.

  • apie - 2011-06-23 13:10

    Strange how this racist Michelle Obama only visits townships and speaks to blacks. She even went to Freedom Park where the names of SADF soldiers who died in the line of duty are not allowed to appear by this racist government.

      Papsak - 2011-06-23 13:16

      Oh no, Apie! Not again. Why don't you go the bush, I am sure your mind will work better in your natural habitat.

      willieman - 2011-06-23 13:17

      You obviously still in the sixties and seventies,didn't you see whitepeople at Regina Muntu and for your information there are white south africans who leave in Soweto.By the way where is black area or white area APIE

      Toni - 2011-06-23 13:46

      Why didn't you go to Reginah Mundi in Soweto to see her? White sisters travelled all over to Soweto to see and meet her without fear and you sit in the dark hurling race insults, shame on you. South Africa will only be better if you can get out of your hell holes and join hands with the rest to speak against corruption. Looser!!!!!

      Marc - 2011-06-23 14:38

      I agree, Apie. And why didn't she visit the white cross memorial next to the N1 outside Polokwane? There she would have seen how many white farmers have been killed by her kind. But, I suppose, she's black and wouldn't want the truth of SA to come out!

  • Lynda - 2011-06-23 13:17

    Michelle Obama is so big on empowering women. I wonder if she will be meeting with South Africa's woman of clout, Helen Zille. ........ Probably not, Helen is white.

      Nintendo - 2011-06-23 14:04

      yeap you are right

      zulufox - 2011-06-23 15:52

      unlike some black people... Michelle can see through a racist...

  • BrixtonBriefcase - 2011-06-23 13:22

    Kind of rich...an American first lady preaching liberation and democracy in Africa - seeing as America was stolen from it's indigenous people and never returned. The ones that weren't shot and killed at first sight were piled with booze and placed in "reserves", like animals. They're still there today.

      Ingie - 2011-06-23 13:51

      The US is worse than we are being racist... just look at some of the movies that were/are made and this is still happening there. Maybe SA were luckier than them during the racist regime.

  • Marius - 2011-06-23 13:32

    I heard (from an insider) all about the embarrassing big assed, luxury demanding, arrogant lady who is the South African government's so called "protocol representative" who was forced down on the whole entourage. All the Americans are laughing (with disbelief) behind her back.

  • Ockert - 2011-06-23 13:38

    And this is the main story for the day ?.

  • Ingie - 2011-06-23 13:48

    Who cares if its cancelled why should this make headlines. Maybe even though she is not saying it we could be the laughing stock when she gets back. Hope some of our so called dignatories and head of state wives etc took some note of how polite she is, how SOFTLY she speaks not screaming at each other, how fit and slim she is and not the big, the bad, the fat and ugly. Hope they also took into account how well she dresses.

  • sodesode - 2011-06-23 14:42

    She doesn't care abt white sa. Dat y she going 2 dat white uct wiv students frm disadv neibahuds. De sooner someone bombs CPT de better. It would solve so many problems.

      Jono 007 - 2011-06-23 15:28

      The sooner someone bombs you the better you idiot! You should learn to write english before posting your useless posts.......

  • Khoisan X - 2011-06-23 15:19

    And then she can go back home to a well deserved noekie in the East Wing of the white house

  • Alex - 2011-06-24 09:38

    I just don't understand this. Coming to see democracy in South Africa, while we are supplying weapons to the enemies of the USA??

  • Wayne - 2011-06-24 09:56

    Bet the real reason she can't go is because the ferry is not seaworthy...no money to do repairs.

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-06-24 10:03

    Go home Mrs Obama - you are a racist.

      Zooma Lema - 2011-06-24 10:22

      Not even the US citizens are approving your trip to SA. Luckily you are waisting there money.

  • Mubashir - 2011-06-24 10:16

    Maybe she can tell the Palestinians to stop murdering innocent civilians and tell their friends not to fly planes into buildings. ... http://www.hotpaknews.com

  • Deon Coetzer - 2011-06-24 10:50

    Seems to me she's guided to only listen to the one site of the story! I certainly hope she will not judge any person, persons or groups on only hearing the one side! Sure we will know by taking note of her speeches.

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