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Madikizela-Mandela yesterday filed court
papers challenging the late statesman’s will,
Madikizela-Mandela wants ownership of
Mandela’s house in rural Qunu, which was
left to the family trust and his widow Graca
Machel, according to papers seen by Daily
The 78-year-old states that the house, built
on an expansive estate where the revered
South African leader is buried, was acquired
by her in 1989, when he was still in prison.
In the papers filed in Mthatha High
Madikizela-Mandela claims the registration
of the house under Mandela’s name was
unlawful and should be set aside.
“The Qunu property remains my house and
therefore the testament in so far as it seeks to
dispose off that property is invalid and liable
to be set aside from the will.”
She lists seven respondents, including
President Jacob Zuma and Machel.
The couple divorced in 1996 and she was
not named in his $US4.4 million ($NZ5.6m)
estate in the will which was released in
Mandela gave money to various family
members, staff, schools and his party, the
African National Congress.
His third wife, Machel, received four
properties in her native Mozambique as well
as cars, art work, and jewellery — many of
which were her own assets that she brought
to their marriage.
In his autobiography, Mandela said that
after his 1990 release from prison, “I set
about plans to build a country house for
myself in Q unu” — referring to the house
Madikizela-Mandela, who is a member of
parliament, spends most of her time in her
house in Soweto, south of Johannesburg.
Mandela died at the age of 95 on
December 5 last year after a lengthy illness
and Madikizela-Mandela often visited him
in hospital and wore black morning attire
after his death. — AP
Zuckerberg says he and his wife are
donating $US25 million ($NZ31.9m)
to help US efforts to contain the deadly
“The Ebola epidemic is at a critical
turning point. It has infected 8400
people so far, but it is spreading very
quickly and projections suggest it could
infect one million people or more over
the next several months if not addressed,”
Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.
“ We need to get Ebola under control
in the near term so that it doesn’t spread
further and become a long-term global
health crisis that we end up fighting for
decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.”
He said he and his wife Priscilla were
donating the funds to the US Centres
for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation.
“ We believe our grant is the quickest
way to empower the CDC and the
experts in this field to prevent this
outcome,” Zuckerberg said.
“Grants like this directly help the
frontline responders in their heroic
work. These people are on the ground
setting up care centres, training local
staff, identifying Ebola cases and much
The Ebola virus has already killed
more than 4000 people, most in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone. — AFP
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say an Islamic extremist
has managed to leave the
country, reportedly for
Syria, despite being under
limited house arrest and
wearing an electronic
The Interior Minister
for the German state
of Hesse, Peter Beuth,
confirmed media reports
that the man disappeared
on May 1.
The 24-year-old suspect,
identified only as Hassan
M, was fitted with the tag
in December after being
investigated for serious
bodily harm and burglary.
Under the terms of
his bail he was required
to stay at home during
certain hours of the day.
The tag merely registered
whether he was at home,
not his exact location.
ARD cited unidentified
justice officials saying
that M, an adherent of
the hard-line Salafist
travelled to Syria to join
a jihadist group. — AP
flees despite ankle
Conservative Roman Catholic prelates
today vowed to change a controversial
Vatican document that held out the
possibility of a major shift in the Church’s
attitude towards homosexuals.
The document, issued yesterday, said
homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to
offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept
gays and recognise positive aspects of same-
In a dramatic change in tone from
past condemnatory language, it said the
Church should challenge itself to find “a
fraternal space” for homosexuals without
compromising Catholic doctrine on family
The Vatican stressed today that the paper
was still a “work in progress” and a definitive
version would be issued after the meeting of
some 200 bishops, known as a synod, ends
arch-conser vative from the United States,
accused liberals in the committee that
prepared the text of having railroaded
the assembly. He said it did not reflect a
consensus position and demanded changes.
“ While the document purports to report
only the discussion which took place among
the synod fathers, it, in fact, advances
positions which many synod fathers do
not accept ...” he told The Catholic World
“A great number of the synod fathers
found it objectionable,” he said, asking
Pope Francis to issue a clear statement
defending marriage and the traditional
While Roman Catholic gay rights groups
around the world hailed the paper as a
breakthrough, conservatives condemned it
as a betrayal of Church teaching and said its
language had sowed confusion among the
“It (the document) is not what we are
saying at all,” Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier
of South Africa told a news conference at
the Vatican. “It is not a true message”.
“The message has gone out that this is
what the synod is saying, that this is what
the Catholic Church is saying ... Whatever
we say hereafter will seem like we’re doing
damage control,” Napier said.
One source in the synod said a number
of other conser vative bishops were
“disappointed” by the document, known by
its Latin name “relatio”.
It was written by a committee of bishops
after a week of speeches in the closed-door
assembly. Participants have now broken
down into 10 small discussion groups to
The final version will serve for further
reflection among Catholics around the
world over the next 12 months and as the
cornerstone of a second and final synod on
the family next year.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany
disagreed with the conser vatives, calling the
document “an honest representation of how
the debate developed”. — Reuters
vow to change gay paper
Zuckerberg puts $32m toward Ebola efforts
Mandela’s ex wants slice of will
Hundreds of Hong Kong police used
sledgehammers and chainsaws yesterday
to tear down barricades erected by pro-
democracy protesters near government
offices and the financial centre, reopening a
major road for the first time in two weeks.
But late in the evening demonstrators
retaliated by swarming into a tunnel on a
major four-lane thoroughfare, bringing traffic
to a halt and chanting for universal suffrage.
Riot police tried to push them back with
pepper spray and batons, according to a local
news channel, but later retreated.
“ I think the government doesn’t respect
us,” said Kevin Chan, a protester wearing a
surgical mask and goggles covering his black
glasses, as he stood behind a makeshift wall.
“They have to talk to us and compromise,
other wise we won’t stand down.”
Police with chainsaws cut through bamboo
defences and others wielded sledgehammers
to smash concrete blocks outside the Bank of
China’s Hong Kong headquarters and next to
the office of Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing.
Office workers streamed on to the streets to
watch. — Reuters
Hong Kong police clear
roads with sledgehammers
Sri Lanka’s military announced yesterday it
would return unspecified quantities of gold
jewellery recovered from a battle site dating
to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger
rebels more than five years ago.
Security forces have identified 2377
“ legitimate claimants” and 25 of them
were handed back their gold ornaments by
President Mahinda Rajapakse, who visited
the island’s northern province at the weekend,
the military said in a statement.
It asked residents in the island’s battle-
scarred region to lodge claims with the
military and said pawning receipts issued by
the Tamil Tigers would also be accepted as
proof of ownership.
At the height of their power, the Tigers
operated a banking system where they
accepted jewellery as security and granted
loans to civilians.
The military says they found the gold
abandoned in the conflict area.
Where owners could not be found, the
valuables would be handed over to the
Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the military said.
“ In order to expedite the process for
return of remaining jewellery under safe
keeping, civilians who still posses any LTTE
(Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ) issued
documents ... are encouraged,” to lodge
claims, the statement said.
It did not say how much of the jewellery
was in military custody, but the government
had said soon after the end of the war that
some 110kg of jewellery had been recovered
from the battle zone by one unit of the
Tamil political parties have pressed for the
return of jewellery as well as other valuables
of some 300,000 Tamil civilians who were
driven out of their homes in the final stages
of the war.
Sri Lanka military
returns Tamil gold
Facebook and Apple are covering the costs
for female employees to freeze their eggs to
delay childbearing that could hamper their
careers, NBC News reports.
The companies are covering up to
$US20,000 ($NZ25,500) for the procedure
and annual storage costs, NBC said today,
citing sources at the Silicon Valley firms.
Queried about the reports, Facebook and
Apple declined to comment.
According to the on-line forum eggsurance.
com, the procedure is gaining popularity as
more women delay plans to start a family.
“ Women today are at a cultural and
generational crossroads. We have the same
career expectations and demands as men,” a
post on the website says.
“As our biological clocks tick away,
we must establish ourselves in the
workplace, find the right mate and become
financially secure enough to establish a
According to the website, citing US
government data, 20% of women wait until
age 35 to have their first child.
About a third of women aged 35-39
have fertility problems and the proportion
increases to 64% when women are 40-44
According to NBC, Facebook recently
began covering the costs of egg freezing, and
Apple will begin in January.
The moves comes as tech firms face
renewed pressure over diversity in a male-
Microsoft reported earlier this month that
its staff was only 29% women.
At Google, the figure was 30%, and at
Facebook, the percentage of women was
31%, but just 15% were in technical jobs.
Facebook, Apple pay to
freeze busy workers’ eggs
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