Tensions erupt in South Africa’s Soweto

Shops belonging to foreigners have been attacked and looted by local residents in Soweto, Johannesburg. Tensions have risen after two people were shot dead, according to local media.

‘The Elders’ plants 100 trees for Mandela centenary

Soweto locals talk about the legacy that Mandela has left behind ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday this year. Also The Elders, a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, inaugurate the “100 Sparks of Hope Peace Park” to honour him

Today in History for June 16th

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Highlights of this day in history: Abraham Lincoln says America cannot remain divided over slavery; Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space; Deadly Soweto riots erupt in South Africa; Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects. (June 16)

Highlights of the day in history – a retrospective view on political events, historic battles, and life changing decisions. More: http://smarturl.it/TodayInHistory

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Winnie Mandela’s casket arrives at stadium for final send-off

Tens of thousands of mourners attend struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s state funeral in Soweto. IMAGES of Mandela’s casket arriving at Orlando Stadium

Soweto pays final respects to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela

Rev. Jesse Jackson pays tribute to Winnie Mandela as hundreds of people line the streets of Soweto in South Africa to see her funeral procession.

Soweto pays final respects to Winnie Mandela

Hundreds of people line the streets of Soweto to see the funeral procession of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela ahead of her final send-off this weekend. IMAGES

Soweto murder taints legacy of South Africa’s Winnie Mandela

As South Africa mourns the loss of Winnie Mandela, the death of 14-year-old activist Stompie Seipei in 1989 still taints the anti-apartheid stalwart’s legacy.

South Africans hail Winnie Mandela’s fight for women

South Africans praise Winnie Mandela’s fight for women and young people as thousands of mourners flock to the heart of Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s former wife and struggle hero.

Toxic waste from gold rush threatens lives in Johannesburg

Toxic water and dust are endangering the lives of tens of thousands of South Africans living in Soweto townships, where residents have no choice but to live near mounds of toxic waste produced during the 19th century gold rush.

South Africa: Soweto residents protest housing conditions

Soweto residents protest against housing and working conditions, voicing their opposition to the ANC’s Reconstruction and Development Programme in South Africa.