Today 12 December
"I was very young, angry and, if I'm honest, immature," Mohlomola Ntoane recalled of his radical student activist days in apartheid-era South Africa. He taught me that," Ntoane said, pointing to a picture of Nelson Mandela as he stood in line for a chance to view the freedom icon lying in state in Pretoria. As a young man, Ntoane, now 56, had been a member of the South African Students' Organisation (SASO) co-founded by Steve Biko, who died in police custody in 1977. SASO evolved into the influential Black Consciousness Movement, and Ntoane became one of a growing number of increasingly radicalised young, black South Africans who felt that the main liberation organisation, the African National Congress (ANC)was ineffective.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — For a second day, droves of mourners filed past the body of Nelson Mandela on Thursday as it lay in state in South Africa's capital, Pretoria.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - A humanitarian crisis loomed Thursday over the Central African Republic as tens of thousands sought refuge in makeshift camps around the capital Bangui following a wave of massacres. Sectarian violence that claimed at least 400 lives in Bangui last week had abated following the weekend arrival of a 1,600-strong French intervention force, but many were still afraid to return to their homes. Aid workers said only a fraction of Bangui's estimated 800,000 residents remained in the city, with many living rough near a French military base and in other areas considered more safe.
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday, but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event. The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. The government admitted Jantjie was not a professional interpreter but played down security concerns at his sharing the podium with world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial on Tuesday. We accept all that." After the memorial, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake, making up gestures to be put into the mouths of Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.
GENEVA (AP) — The global airline industry expects its profits to jump to a record high next year, helped by falling jet fuel prices, rising travel demand and cost-cutting.