South Africa’s Mandela on TV, first time since illness

JOHANNESBURG, June 4: Former South African President Nelson Mandela, making his first appearance on television since a hospital stay in February, was shown on Wednesday receiving a flame marking the centenary of his ruling ANC party. The 93-year-old, anti-apartheid hero, sitting upright in a chair and surrounded by family at his rural home in the town of Qunu, spoke briefly during the ceremony, saying “I used to be the leader of the ANC” and that he was “happy” to see the flame. (AGENCIES)