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32 AFRICA Friday, April 6 2018| NEW ERA Getrude Makhafola Johannesburg The memorial service for late anti-apartheid struggle heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be moved from Regina Mundi Church to Orlando Stadium to accommodate the expected large number of mourners, Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday. The memorial service will take place on April 11, while the funeral will be held at Fourways, north of Johannesburg on April 14. Dlamini-Zuma said the Department of International Relations would soon announce the list of foreign guests. “The diplomats based here will attend. That is all handled by the department, but we know that there will be people coming in from around the world to bury uMam’ Winnie.” Dlamini-Zuma was accompanied by members of the interministerial committee tasked with overseeing the smooth running of In mourning… Members of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League, march holding Photo: Nampa/AFP the funeral. They included Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Intelligence Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba. The anti-apartheid activist and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, died at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Monday. She had been ill for some time and had been in and out of hospital since the beginning of the year. Affectionately known as ‘Mother of the Nation’, Madikizela-Mandela was lauded for apartheid when the apartheid regime arrested activists, including her former husband. She was hounded by state security police and subjected to imprisonment, torture, house arrests, and endless banning orders. In recognising her contribution dent Cyril Ramaphosa announced egory 1 for Madikizela-Mandela. Category 1 entails elements of military ceremonial honours and was declared -- in line with the -- for persons of extraordinary by the president. ‘’Madikizela-Mandela was a recipient of the Order of Luthuli in silver for her “excellent contribu- of the people of South Africa,” the Presidency said in a statement. “In line with this declaration, the National Flag shall, with im- at South African diplomatic missions abroad. This will be observed until the evening of 14 April 2018. The President has further declared national days of mourning from today, 3 April 2018 until 14 April 2018.’’ – Nampa/ANA NKURENKURU TOWN COUNCIL following vacancy on the establishment of Nkurenkuru Town council. 1. Department : Technical Services, Planning & Environment Environmental Position : Health Inspector, Grade C4 Salary Scale : N$ 219,090.36 pa Duty Station : Nkurenkuru Minimum requirements: A National Diploma in Environmental Health or equivalent Responsibilities: : 13 th scheme, Transport allowance, Leave days as per current legislation. NB. address: For attention : HR Division Enquiries : E. M. Nanyemba / S. K. Sikuta Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential vote FREETOWN Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off. led a military junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81 percent of ballots in last month’s election, He beat incumbent Samura Kamara, who secured 48.19 percent of the vote, ending a decade in power for Kamara’s All Peoples’ Congress (APC) in the poor West African nation. had been delayed by a dispute over the method of tallying that left ballot papers from 11,000 polling stations uncounted. The campaign was characterised by ugly verbal exchanges and sporadic violence with Bio accusing the APC of using police intimidation against his party. Police reported a string of attacks on candidates and supporters March 7 -- which Bio narrowly won -- after which Kamara declared that “the safety and security of Sierra Leone is in our hands”. Bio, a straight-talking retired brigadier, has blasted the government’s closeness to China, while Kamara had presented himself as a continuity candidate. Although international observers reported some “issues” during the March 31 second round that saw heightened security measures, the monitors declared themselves of the poll. Earlier Wednesday, Kamara supporters marched in the capital Freetown, tearing down Bio posters and alleging “foreign meddling” in the vote, an AFP reporter said. Security forces erected a cordon around Bio’s SLPP party headquarters, where hundreds of supporters had already begun celebrating vic- results. A total of 3.1 million people presidential poll since a 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak that killed 4,000 people. Kamara’s term was also marred by a mudslide that struck Freetown last year, killing hundreds of people. One of the world’s poorest nations despite huge mineral and diamond deposits, Sierra Leone is recovering only gradually from war and disease. Its economy remains fragile, with corruption widespread in the former British colony. Political loyalties are often divided along ethnic lines and traumatic memories of the 1991- 2002 civil war run deep. Bio was in a group of young soldiers behind a 1992 coup that would install their leader, Valentine Strasser, as the youngest head of state in the world, at age 25. He later took power but agreed to step aside in 1996 for an elected civilian leader, and his subsequent apologies for his role in the junta appear to have rehabilitated his image. – Nampa/AFP

Friday, April 6 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 33 - - - SAO PAULO A former shoeshine boy and steelworker who rose to become one of Brazil’s most popular presidents, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s downfall has been just as dramatic. himself on the ropes following a Supreme Court ruling that could see him soon sent to prison. The two-term former president was sentenced in January to 12 years for taking a bribe. But, with a stunning lead in polls ahead of October 7 presidential elections, Lula hoped the Supreme Court would let him stay free while he pursued more appeals By a narrow majority, the justices voted to deny him, making it likely that Lula will now end up behind bars, not the presidential palace. It’s a dizzying descent for a man who ruled from 2003 to 2010 and of 80 percent. He was feted as a rare leftist who’d not only helped lift tens of millions of people from poverty but charmed the markets, putting Brazil on track to claim its mantle of emerging economic powerhouse. However, things went sour shortly after he handed over to his chosen Workers’ Party successor, Dilma Rousseff, who oversaw a rapidly declining economy and in an impeachment vote. The post-Lula era also saw prosecutors open a mammoth corruption probe called “Car Wash” that revealed systemic embezzlement and bribery among scores of individual politicians, all the main political parties, and many of the biggest businesses. Before long, the prosecutors homed in on Lula too and, despite his insistence that he is the victim of a politicized judiciary, they got their conviction. Lula grew up in deep poverty, the last of eight children born to a family of farmers in the arid, hardscrabble northeastern state of Pernambuco. He had little formal education as a boy, quitting grade school to help his family get by. When he was seven, his family joined a wave of migration to the industrial heartland of Sao Paulo state, where he worked as a shoeshine boy and street vendor before becoming a metalworker. He rose to become president of his trade union less than a decade after joining. He was the force behind big strikes in the 1970s that challenged the military regime. And in 1980, he co-founded the Workers’ Party, president nine years later. He made three unsuccessful presidential bids from 1989 to 1998, each time chipping away at the establishment parties and the idea that a poor, uneducated labor leader could never be president of Brazil. The fourth time, in 2002, he ary 1, 2003. Lula calmed market fears of a radical surge to the left by adopting calm, pragmatic approach. He also had the good fortune to preside over a so-called golden decade for Latin America, when China’s ravenous demand for raw materials propelled the region’s economies to a historic period of growth. Brazil’s economy hit an impressive 7.5 percent growth pace in Despite a series of scandals a congressional vote-buying case that felled his chief of staff -- Lula coasted to re-election in 2006. Brazil’s first democratically elected leftist since the end of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, he was so widely admired as president that Foreign Policy magazine called him a “rock star.” His US counterpart Barack Obama once referred to him as “the man.” The constitution limited him to two consecutive terms, but he cemented his legacy by helping Rousseff into power. Post-presidential life proved fraught. In October 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and successfully underwent chemotherapy. Despite the scandals, Lula remains the highest polling candidate by far for October’s election. However, his negatives are also sky high, inspiring as much hatred as fervent admiration. When his wife Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva died in February after a stroke, allies of the ex-president claimed that “persecution” by corruption prosecutors had contributed to her death. Immediately, opponents accused Lula of using the personal tragedy to boost his image. Even personal tragedy had become politics. – Nampa/AFP Migrant caravan members plead with Trump: ‘Give us a chance’ MATÍAS ROMERO, MEXICO The Central Americans crossing Mexico in the migrant caravan that has infuriated President violence, poverty and political repression. Here are some of their stories. At 38 years old, Oscar Dalis is making his second attempt to reach the United States. “There are no jobs in his native El Salvador,” he says, “and the violence has gotten so bad you can’t live there.” Brutal turf wars between gangs like MS-13 and Barrio 18 have given the country the highest murder rate in the world. Dalis says Trump has no idea what he and the other caravan He had everything in life from the time he was born. But we poor people need whatever chance the rich ‘gringos’ can give us, he told AFP. The last time Dalis tried to reach the US, two years ago, he paid a people smuggler US,000 to take him there, he says. His mother had to mortgage her house Photo: Nampa/AFP to raise the money. But the smuggler swindled him. This time, he says, he is determined to cross the border no matter what – illegally, if he has to. duras after her abusive husband hired gang hitmen to attack her, she says. “They dragged me from my house, brought me all the way to the border and told me to get out of the country,” she told AFP. She was forced to leave behind nine, she says, her vacant eyes She says she plans to settle in Tijuana, on the Mexican side of the border – not cross into the United States. “I don’t believe in the American dream, because the president over there is a son of a bitch who doesn’t like immigrants,” she says. William Gomez, 24, says he decided to leave his native Honduras because President Juan Orlando Hernandez – elected in a questionable vote last year – has unleashed a wave of political repression. – Nampa/AFP

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