JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans marked Nelson Mandela’s birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes.
Organizers had urged people to perform acts of charity for 67 minutes, symbolizing the anti-apartheid leader’s 67 years of public service. Graca Machel, Mandela’s widow, joined volunteers who packed food parcels at a convention center in Johannesburg.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white minority rule and led a difficult transition to democracy, becoming president in all-race elections in 1994. He served one five-year term, evolving into a global statesman and pursuing charitable causes after that. He died Dec. 5 at the age of 95.