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31 years ago, February 11, marks the day South African icon Nelson Mandela walked through Victor Verster Prison gate to freedom after having been imprisoned for 27 years.

A prison sentence that the lawyer and social activist had received — along with several others including Andrew Mlangeni and Govan Mbeki, for leading the movement to end the racist, brutal and segragative apartheid regime in the country. A freedom fighter to the highly oppressive white-supremacist system that existed in South Africa for some 50 years.

‘Madiba’ as he his popularly called, Mandela became the nation’s first black President of South Africa in 1994 and since then — until his passing at 95 years old in 2013 and after is passing, so many people around the world in South African, on the rest of the continent and abroad, have paid their respects to him by way of various tributes.

The security officials in South Africa has disclosed that they’ve arrested more than 17,000 people during the first week of the coronavirus lockdown alone for defying the restrictions imposed.

Nearly 1,500 cases have currently been confirmed in South Africa. The country officials have warned that unless people stay at home, the infections could jump over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of resistance to some of the strict regulations which include a ban on the sale of alcohol and jogging outside.

Maesaiah Thabane – First Lady of Lesotho

Wife of Lesotho Prime minister, Maesaiah Thabane is wanted by the Lesotho police as a result of the recent discovery of new evidence concerning the death of the Prime Minister’s former wife who was shot dead in her driveway on the eve of his inauguration in 2017.

Evidence found by investigators revealed that the Prime Minster Thomas Motsoahae Thabane’s cell phone was used at the murder scene. As a result Thabane was invited for questioning. 

She failed to report at the court on Friday which led to the court issuing her arrest warrant.

Police went ahead to search the Prime Minister’s official residence on Friday and she was nowhere to be found.

When police raided the residence, the Prime Minister was found in their bedroom and when asked he denied knowing the whereabouts of the first lady.

However, she was given until Monday to present herself to the police. Her whereabouts still remains unknown.

It was also discovered that Lipelelo Thabanes daughter had earlier publicly accused Thabane in November of being behind her mother’s death.