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Qunu besieged by media ahead of Mandela Day

2012-07-17 16:30

Cape Town - Nelson Mandela's hometown of Qunu was besieged by media on Tuesday ahead of the ex-president's birthday.

Close friends and family were seen being smuggled into Mandela's home by convoys of vehicles while photographers positioned themselves outside the entrance, and attempted to follow exiting vehicles in hopes of confirming whoever had visited Madiba.

Across the N2 highway from Mandela's house is the home of close family relative Silumko Mandela, who says he had been bothered since last week by the media making enquiries.

"Look, those guys come here often, but at one time the chief in the village told us to be kind to visitors, so we are.

"The journalists are here to record the history of our own son, uMadiba Omhle [the great Madiba]," he said.

Silumko said he was waiting for a call from chief Mandla Mandela, the former president's grandson, to tell him about Wednesday's  proceedings.

"By now, we would usually be knowing what is happening tomorrow, but I do think Mandla has been too busy. Since his arrival, there have been number of things in the family," said Silumko.

The guest list for Wednesday's lunch with Mandela has been closely guarded. Only key employees and local caterers are allowed entry into the homestead.

Inside the Mandela yard, a South African flag was seen hanging high. It is known among villagers that when the flag is up, Mandela is home and is feeling "sound and well".

About 1km from the house, events are underway at the Nelson Mandela Museum.

On Tuesday, the focus was on legacies and the state of archives in honour of Nelson Mandela.

Reverend Frank Chikane and African National Congress chairperson Baleka Mbete were scheduled to give speeches on Tuesday, said museum spokesperson Nokuzola Tetani.

Comments
  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-07-17 16:52

    viva Madiba viva

  • vian.kroon - 2012-07-17 16:52

    Why was he in prison again ???

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:01

      For the Freedom you enjoy today......sometimes the lack of a cerebral cortex can induce memory loss...vous ĂȘtes un imbĂ©cile

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 17:05

      @victor, Yep, he was in jail for freedom for blacks (one wonder if he was also in jail for the freedoms of coloureds and indians, considering the post Mbeki-era rhetoric emanating from the orifaces of the ANC), but what has freedom brought South Africans? Ever increasing food prices, which gets blamed on high oil instead of looking at proper facts such as farm murders and increase in food demand north of the limpopo courtesy of their land redistribution policies.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:21

      Michael , Michael.... Yous will never change your perspective even though the Facts are clear to see. Tell me , 1. Inflation is a Worldwide phenomenon, check it out. 2. I am personally from a so-called Minority however I am part Majority and that's where my perspective is placed. 3. Many more Kids are being Educated. 4. More Previously dis-advantaged are now able to compete at every level. 5. RSA's GDP has tripled in the last 8 years (This has never happened in RSA history. Please remember after the mass removal of investment from this country , It took us 8 years from 1994 to 2002 to get back to the same GDP. 6. If you actually contribute rather thna viewing RSA from a prehistoric stance, Life is great in RSA and getting better every day. If you bother to see the major infrastructure completed and currently being accomplished, Life would be much more enjoyable.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 17:33

      @victor 1.) The inflation figures they vomit to you are not what the ordinary man in the road experiences. A packet of sausages from the same store in 2001 was R16-95. It is now over R30. Almost a two fold increase 2.) Then you should use your "part minority" to get a better perspective instead of those deceiving figures the government supplies you with 3.) You are right there, however, educated with what? The quality of education has deterioated. Would you agree that these poor kids who as of today have still not received textbooks are being educated? Wake up man ! 4.) Thanks to discriminatory policies, people who got an "H" for mathematics now get accepted into jobs they obviously are not qualified for. The amount of melanin your skin has, is now the new "prerequisite" instead of good grades 5.) That GDP you speak of is due to sanctions being lifted and doesnt reflect proper growth because of backward ANC policies. By the way, we are still suffering because of those sanctions ! 6.) Prehistoric stance? Are you kidding me? A woman in south africa gets raped every few minutes, do you have the guts to go and tell these women the rubbish you just told me now? WHAT major infrastructure? Why hasnt the government constructed more railway lines? Why are railway lines in industrial areas now mostly dormant post 1994? You have state hospitals rotting away and looks like the last lick of paint it had was before 1994. Crazy stuff you believe in !

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:43

      Michael, I will reiterate my point,If one does not open one's eyes to all facts then the perspective is never a true reflection. International indices don't lie and the soon to be introduced BRICS currency will ensure an acceleration in RSA transformation to a World Power. Like I said , The facts are clearly visible, forget the Rhetoric... Come outside and enjoy the African sun....like you use to....

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 17:50

      @Victor Self denial is a dangerous thing. Its like eating expired goods, itll make you sick in the end. I hope you realise how the ANC is messing up peoples lives. South AFrica has more than enough money to take care of its people. Blacks shouldnt be living in squatter camps anymore, i hope oneday your will realise this. South Africa will never be a world power, never ever, as long as people vote for the corrupt ANC, that is becoming more and more autocratic. They couldnt accept the fact that the western cape returned a DA government. People were accusing Helen Zille of having her concubines in her provincial cabinet. One wonders what will happen if Limpopo kicked out the ANC. There will most probably be threats, intimidation, people will be targetted and killed for simply wearing an IFP, DA , ACDP or COPE t-shirt. This never happened in cape town because the people of the western cape accept the fact that majority rules and dont resort to violence and intimidation to affect the outcomes of any election. Black south africans are their own worst enemy !

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 18:05

      Suppose every individual is extended their right to their perspective however deluded the concept, This is guaranteed by the post 94 Democracy. Is it not a fact that there are Black Nobel winners in every field, Entertainers, Athletes etc. etc. etc. Once the proper Environment is provided, every Human being can be whatever they aspire to. Micheal do I need to point out to you that the RSA GDP is now maintaining 5 times the Population post 94 or have you forgotten this fact. To accomplish an escalation at the Lowest Sector of society , the citizens enjoying life at the Upper echelons must realize a lowering of service delivery....big deal if we are to reach our goals. Consider yourself lucky for not negotiating the 8 mile return trip with water from the River. Just for a moment walk in the other persons shoes....We have been blessed by Nature with a Cerebral cortex, I suggest utilization of this tool would ensure a different reality.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 18:25

      @victor "Once the proper Environment is provided, every Human being can be whatever they aspire to" Well, your government isnt providing this environment now are they? Wakey wakey ! "Micheal do I need to point out to you that the RSA GDP is now maintaining 5 times the Population post 94 or have you forgotten this fact. " Yeah, which is not sustainable due to a diminishing tax base because of high black birth rates as well as the fact that the government is now one of the largest if not the largest job provider in the land, while the private sector struggles, the one man business owner isnt sure if his doors will be open at the end of the year. How do you expect government to pay all these lazy public servants? By running the printing presses? "To accomplish an escalation at the Lowest Sector of society , the citizens enjoying life at the Upper echelons must realize a lowering of service delivery....big deal if we are to reach our goals. " That sounds very communist to me. By the way, service delivery is not supposed to be lowered, so as to uplift the bottom feeders. Roads are supposed to be maintained, but what do the people in Tshwane complain about? Potholes. Things that shouldnt even exist in the country's CAPITAL !!!

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 18:44

      Michael , Apartheid created this imbalance and the redressing of this and every other foul fruit born of Apartheid. ""Bottom feeders"".....seems to expose you as an individual whom will never realize the Root cause of problem, Change your mindset..... Seems you did not comprehend the simple fact regarding the increased responsibility of the RSA's GDP.

      benedict.k.ledwaba - 2012-07-17 18:51

      @Vian, you make me really sad, we really don't need people like you in this country(shaking head in disgust)

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-17 18:59

      "Apartheid created this imbalance and the redressing of this and every other foul fruit born of Apartheid" Agreed, but whos keeping the blacks in this position and creating poverty in the other groups? Your ANC government of course, but will you accept this fact? Of course not """Bottom feeders"".....seems to expose you as an individual whom will never realize the Root cause of problem, Change your mindset..... " The root cause of the problem are incompetent and greedy ANC politicans that need to be shown the door on election day. It was never the duty of whites to come here, Australia, New Zealand, North America and educate the native populations. You cannot say that they failed to educate blacks when blacks never had universities before 1652. Yes, I agree, blacks suffered under apartheid, but what is your government doing about it? By implementing unsustainable policies. Ask yourself what is more important? By blaming whites, or by actually getting your hands dirty and doing the job of uplifting your people? "Seems you did not comprehend the simple fact regarding the increased responsibility of the RSA's GDP. " It isnt only the duty of the state's coffers to cough up money. Blacks should also have smaller families. Its environmentally and economically unsustainable.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 19:12

      Michael, Seems Bush high did not offer you the very best Education. Creep out from under your Rock and see how the World operates, I suggest the Native Americans or the current state of Aborigines would not agree with Colonization. I have worked in Auckland for 13 years and since I have returned to RSA 3 years ago , I see a huge advance in RSA. We have rapidly moving towards a First world environment. I suggest you see whats going on in the World currently and get a little worldly wiser. This little lie you live by is eating away at you or are you just unhappy to see the progress even with an ANC government.

  • Makhavele - 2012-07-17 16:57

    It will take 100000 years to find another international icon like Nelson Mandela.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:02

    Happy Birthday Father Mandela, Thank you for the freedom.

      thokozane.maloka - 2012-07-18 08:34

      Happy Birthday indeed.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-17 17:07

    The media is always lurking around Qunu and we all know very well what they are waiting for! Minenhle Tata. Aluta!

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-17 17:36

    its not a worship but rather celebrating his birthday. Be +ve for a change. it's difficult at the beginning i know. who need a chip on the shoulder anyway?

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-17 17:37

    Thanks to Madiba we are not a military dictatorship, or a Communist State, which is why I can write to News24. Let us also remember those whose sacrificed with him on both sides; we find their names in 'Long Walk to Freedom', the biography of Gatsha Buthelezi and the autobiography of F W de Klerk. Vale ubaba.

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-07-17 17:45

    Why dont YOU chaps, just wish the old man, it's his birthday after all. Happy Earthday Dada. Thank you for what you did for MY country. ? ? ? ?

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-17 19:25

    Happy birthday ANC big man!! We hope economic freedom will be attained in your lifetime

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