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Ten years on, South Africa's apartheid-era pillars still towering

Together they led South Africa through the end of apartheid and, despite retirement, the grand triumvirate of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Frederik de Klerk continues to inspire. Mandela, 85 and Tutu, 72 are among the few remaining pioneers of the anti-apartheid struggle following the deaths of Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki over the past years. Mandela, who stepped down as South Africa’s first black president in 1999, had repeatedly declared that he would opt for a humdrum retirement growing vegetables and bouncing his many great-grandchildren on his knee. But it has been anything but. His third wife Graca Machel, whom he married at 80, rightly predicted that he would never rest as he was too much of a “political animal.” Full Story

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