For the Culture – Mandela 30-years since freedom, #RIPJosephShabalala & More
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Today marks 30-years since Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison flanked by his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his right hand raised, and fist clenched.  

A sea of excited supporters held back by police had lined up, all trying to get a glimpse of their just-freed leader who had spent 27 years in prison for fighting against the country’s discriminatory apartheid system of racial segregation. 

As we celebrate the day one of the world’s greatest leaders walked out of prison, South Africa and the world music fraternity lost a legend in Joseph Shabalala, founder of Grammy Award winning band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 

South Africa is in mourning and tweeps tweeted their condolences. 

On a lighter note, the “standing broom challenge” is back and the science behind it is as bogus as ever. According to a viral tweet, “NASA said today was the only day broom can stand up on its own because of the gravitational pull.”  

In fact, NASA made no such claim, but the internet loves a challenge and so they got behind this one — with varying degrees of success. 

On a philanthropic note, DJ Tira blessed a tertiary student with R5000 for their studies after running a challenge on Twitter to see who deserved it more. 

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