Obama African tour overshadowed as Mandela remains in critical condition
SOUTH AFRICA – Barack Obama arrives in Africa for a tour which threatens to be overshadowed by the precarious health of Nelson Mandela, who is still in a critical condition in a South African hospital. Mr Mandela’s daughter Zindzi said that her father smiled and opened his eyes when she told him of Mr Obama’s visit, but should Mr Mandela’s condition worsen – as South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has warned it might – the US delegation would find itself a sideshow in a global outpouring of grief. The US President’s return to the continent is seen by many observers as overdue.
He then heads to South Africa before flying on to Tanzania. The minutely orchestrated trip will involve tight security amid threats of protests from some South African Muslim groups and trade unions, which blame South Africa’s problems on global capitalism.
US warships will shadow the delegation and bulletproof glass will be trucked in to protect the hotels where he stays.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Nehanda Radio