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SOUTH AFRICANS REMEMBER MANDELA ON HIS BIRTHDAY

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South Africans
marked Nelson Mandela’s birthday on Friday
with charitable acts in honor of the former
president, whose death in December
prompted a global outpouring of tributes.
People picked up litter, cooked at homes for
the elderly and donated food, blankets and
other basic necessities to the poor. The
United Nations has declared July 18 to be
Nelson Mandela International Day.
Organizers had urged people to perform acts
of charity for 67 minutes, symbolizing the
anti-apartheid leader’s 67 years of public
service. Graca Machel, Mandela’s widow,
joined volunteers who packed food parcels at
a convention center in Johannesburg.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white
minority rule and led a difficult transition to
democracy, becoming president in all-race
elections in 1994. He served one five-year
term, evolving into a global statesman and
pursuing charitable causes after that. He
died Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

Written by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA for AP

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