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7 World Leaders Who Did Not Attend Mandela’s Memorial

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was laid to rest the evening of  Dec. 15 in his boyhood village of Qunu in South Africa. Standing among the ranks of other globally recognized leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mandela was hailed by his people as their “greatest son.”

World leaders applauded his resilience and unrelenting fight for equality and freedom for his people.

But while more than 90 world leaders matched their rhetoric with an appearance at the memorial service for the iconic freedom fighter, others for various reasons opted to send a minion or simply declined altogether, with one prime minister saying he was “dreading” the experience.


President Omar al-Bashir (Sudan)

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir was concerned for his freedom when he chose newly appointed First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh to represent him at Mandela’s memorial.

A spokesman for the Sudanese Embassy confirmed to South Africa’s Sunday Independent newspaper that Bashir  did not attend to avoid any complications associated with his indictment by the International Criminal Court.

According to “Bashir faces two outstanding arrest warrants issued by ICC judges on 10 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.”

Over 400,000 African farmers and citizens of Darfur have been murdered by Arab militias known as Janjaweed, reportedly ordered by Bashir.

If Bashir entered South Africa, he may have been arrested since South Africa is a signatory to the Rome statute that forms the basis of the ICC.

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23 thoughts on “7 World Leaders Who Did Not Attend Mandela’s Memorial

  1. Rachel Brown says:

    Who cares if they did not attend? Its Amazing how this website tries its hardest to create a racial divide. Why didn't it mention that Jamaica Prime minister Portia Simpson didn't attend? Jamaica has had strong political relations with South Africa and she should have attended but i guess because she is black it doesn't help the websites racist agenda.

  2. Ian Thompson says:


  3. Exactly! I hate to see a white dude claiming to be a South African. It pains me to my marrow. The faggots refused to leave because of gold and platinum. Apart from the Arabs of the North Africa who truly believe they are Africans (with the exception of Egypt who believe they are Middle Easterners than Africans), there is only one colour in Africa and that colour is BLACK!

  4. It's ridiculous to think black is the only African color! What about the mixed races too, aren't they Africans enough? 2013 guys, it's 2013!!

  5. Ian Thompson says:

    just because you are the children of invaders that don't mean you belong

  6. Ian Thompson says:

    blacks were all over the world as slaves when those countries got there freedom they killed the black slaver or sent them back to Africa we left those slaves that were from other countries alone they are still in black Africa they don't call themselves Africans

  7. Well said Ian Thompson sir.

  8. '….Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi also chose to play it safe…This is a stark contrast to Morsi, who many – including South Africa – believe came into power after a coup d’etat against former democratically elected President Hosni Mubarak.
    According to reports, Morsi did not attend to avoid embarrassment…'


  9. Frank Hewitt says:

    dose's it really matter if they r not black… they r Africans,, mix; breed most of us black people r mix blood , we can't change that ,what we need to know who is good and who is bad n get rid of them out of our mother land,

  10. Ian Thompson says:

    whites never went to Africa to find white slaves

  11. @ATLANTA BLACK STAR!! Are you serious? Do you realise that Mohmed Morsi of Egypt was democratically elected after the dictator Mubarak was thrown out! In fact Morsi could not attend because he is currently imprisoned by the Egyptian Military who overthrew Morsi in a coup earlier this year! The Egyptian military is funded by guess who?! The same people who backed the dictator Mubarak in the first place!

  12. Ali Koroma says:

    Sanusi Aliyu Mohammed

  13. Ian Thompson says:

    arabs and jews are the same people they don't like any one but them selves they hate black people because they know we know what they are and what they are about

  14. Reem Elazazy says:

    Candidate number 2, President Mohammed Morsi is mixed up with General Abdel-Fattah ElSisi who kidnapped Morsi following a coup-de etat. I suggest you fix this because you are going to make a lot of Egyptians, including myself angry. Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a revolution in 2011. Morsi was ousted by a coup in July and was kidnapped and is currently locked up (his whereabouts are unknown). So contrary to what this article states, Sisi (the kidnapper and murderer) who is unrecognized by the South African government because of his illegitimacy is the one who sent Mohammed Faiq. He did not show up for fear of embarrassment and because the South African government does not recognize him as a legal leader since he took power by a coup. Please fix this.

  15. Mansa Musa says:

    "Israel has an unsettling past with South Africa" understatement of the year

  16. I'm sure he's more embarrassed now more than anything.

  17. Myles Allen says:

    Very interesting

  18. They control the diamond minds in South Africa. DeBeers, does that ring a bell. Put them out.

  19. Sanusi Aliyu Mohammed That is powerful what you said. I love it.

  20. Lenise Mobley-El says:

    Understatement of the Century!

  21. Sanusi Aliyu Muhammad My brother, the country Egypt is Africa, but the current people living in it now are not Africans.

  22. Sanusi Aliyu Muhammad My brother, the country Egypt is Africa, but the current people living in it now are not Africans.

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