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A South African newspaper has published a photograph of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Nelson Mandela alongside her family's claims that she died convinced she was the former president's secret love child.
According to reports Mpho’s mother had an affair with the elderly statesman back in 1945 in Cape Town. The Pule family and media outlets have not been able to get a response from the Mandela family, but the Nelson Mandela Foundation sent the family a letter in 2009 in response to inquiries from the family reporting, “all the information provided by you has been verified.”
“Three small uncut diamonds were given to me by Naomi Campbell on the Blue Train on 26th September 1997,” said Jeremy Ratcliffe, also a former chief executive officer, in a statement. The statement followed testimony by Campbell at The Hague war crimes tribunal that she thought it was former Liberian president Charles Taylor who had given her a bag of diamonds, which it was argued were “blood diamonds”. Ratcliffe said he took them because he thought it might be illegal for her to take uncut diamonds out of the country. Campbell had suggested that they could be of some benefit to the fund but Ratcliffe said he told her that he would not involve the fund in anything that could be illegal. “In the end I decided I should just keep them,” said Ratcliffe.
In June 1995, ANC and then President Nelson Mandela claimed that he had given the order to defend Shell House, even if it should require killing people.
A second woman who claims to be Nelson Mandela's love child has come forward.
Police have discovered at least four bodies in the Aurora Mine in Ekurhuleni, and were expected to resume the search for more bodies on Friday morning.
There could be more than a dozen additional victims, all of whom were reportedly gunned down by security at the mine owned by a grandson of Nelson Mandela and a nephew of President Jacob Zuma.
Police and emergency services personnel were late on Thursday still combing through the maze of tunnels at the Aurora Gold Mine site near Springs, where up to 20 illegal miners were allegedly gunned down by mine security guards, who left the bodies to rot underground.