South Africa: Mandela remains in the spotlight

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – One month after the death of the former South African President Nelson Mandela, the global icon remains firmly in the international spotlight.  

This weekend, transcripts of a 1984 meeting between former South African President P. W. Botha and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher were released under secrecy rules.

They reveal that Thatcher pressed Botha on the issue of apartheid, but Mandela’s name did not come up during the official talks.

At the time, he was incarcerated on Robben Island but, within a decade, we was swept into power as South Africa’s first democratically elected leader.

The revelations come after the Conservative Party, which Thatcher led, was questioned over its role in the wake of Mandela's death last month.

Also this weekend, the Africa Rising Foundation, of which Mandela’s grandson Ndaba is the Chairman, is warning the public about an Internet and Facebook scam which has unlawfully used the names of Mandela and the Foundation.

"The Africa Rising Foundation is not asking the public for money in lieu of membership fees. We appeal to the public not to respond to this scam. If anyone has indeed paid over any money, we ask them to report this to the police. As the Foundation, we have also reported the matter to the police and have opened a criminal case," said Ndaba Mandela in a statement.

The Africa Rising Foundation became aware of the scam, after Proudly South African contacted the Nelson Mandela Foundation regarding the authenticity and suspicious nature of two Facebook pages relating to the membership drive.

"We have determined that a fake Facebook page using my name and photograph had been set up to facilitate this scam. There is also a fake Africa Rising Foundation Facebook page, which is encouraging people to become members," said Mandela.

In terms of the scam, people are asked to send an e-mail to a specific e-mail address to request membership forms. This is not Ndaba's genuine e-mail address.

A notification and form is then sent from the fake e-mail account, requesting that money be deposited at specific supermarkets. The people behind the scam then request that a deposit code be e-mailed to them.
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05 january 2014 07:31:39

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