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Nelson Mandela’s Friend Is Arrested in New York

Published: October 28, 2013

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National_in-the-news-NATIONAL-Local_stripA close friend of South Africa’s first black President and ant- apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, Tokyo Sexwale was arrested in New York after his name was found on a list of people banned from entering the United States, the SABC news service reported on Sunday.

The broadcaster quoted his his lawyer saying that Sexwale, a rival of President Jacob Zuma who was ousted as housing minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in July, was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport while on a business trip.

Sexwale was also a prisoner at Robin Island together with Nelson Mandela during the apartheid era. During that era, some anti-apartheid activists were banned from visiting the United States when they were regarded as terrorists.

Arrested in New York, ...Former Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale; photo: Independent Newspapers | Candice Chaplin

Arrested in New York, …Former Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale; photo: Independent Newspapers | Candice Chaplin

Apartheid however ended in 1994 and although the ban was lifted, not all the names have been removed from the list, Mkhabela told the SABC.

“He has instructed us to take the matter up with the authorities of the US so we will address the letter to the US Embassy in South Africa,” Mkhabela was quoted as saying on the broadcaster’s website.

After 1994, Sexwale soon became a leading member of the ANC and apart from politics he is a successful businessman who owns his own firm The Mvelaphanda Group.


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12 Comments on "Nelson Mandela’s Friend Is Arrested in New York"

  1. Sikhumbuzo Mlalazi on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 5:31 am 

    Americans are bullies

  2. Greyhora on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 6:36 am 

    And they let Chinamasa roam free?

  3. Kamudhosvo on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 7:20 am 

    I am sure this a case of systemic failure.

  4. bla Ma10 on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 8:30 am 

    Thus no logic, what America dos at times… why dd they not remove all of them in the first place,,, meaning they still want apartheid then.

  5. tatenda on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 9:44 am 

    …….and Mandela was removed frm that list at the age of 91?????????

  6. Kenge on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 10:12 am 

    Listing freedom fighters as terrorist tells everything wrong about these westerners.

  7. Chegotsi on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 12:31 pm 

    They were in the same category as Osama Bin Laden, but listed as black terrorists. They still believe we are terrosits after taking our land back. They almost sent our foreign affairs minister to jail for being at an american airport. Was Osama a terrorist or freedom fighter????

  8. Brain on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 2:37 pm 

    Bull**** pliz US FREE THAT HERO

  9. mujubheki mujubheki on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 3:31 pm 

    Am told Nelson Mandela himself was removed from that list in 2008.

  10. the big boss on Tue, 29th Oct 2013 12:13 am 

    They must also arrest Zuma mbeki etc. These criminals became billionaires overnight after stealing from poor people just following zanu hobby. Throw the key away USA. Thanks.

  11. chrispen on Tue, 29th Oct 2013 3:39 am 

    That’s bull,and they let criminals roam their streets.

  12. jongwe ratiza risina musoro on Wed, 30th Oct 2013 12:32 am 

    Tokyo that idiot.

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