By Danny Schechter, Consortium News, July 1, 2011
Nelson Mandela, icon-hero of the world, turns 93 on July 18. He survives in the face of family tragedies, such as one in June that claimed a great-grandchild who was born premature and died after just four days,
The man, known by his clan name Madiba, still evokes wonder and admiration and almost god-like reverence, with airport stores selling “We Love Mandela” posters and T-shirts. He is the one South African that most of South Africans take pride in, including the older generation that first knew him as an apartheid-government-designated terrorist.
So feared was he that his picture could not be shown in the media and his words could not be quoted for 27 years.