With charity, South Africa celebrates Mandela centennial

Nelson Mandela (Courtesy of AP)

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(AP) – South Africans are marking the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is in South Africa and plans to meet young people on Wednesday to mark the Mandela anniversary. Obama on Tuesday delivered a speech in Johannesburg about Mandela's legacy and criticized President Donald Trump without mentioning his name.

South African officials and others are marking the July 18, 1918 birth of the anti-apartheid leader with clinic openings and blanket handouts. Events are also being held around the world.

Mandela was released from prison in South Africa in 1990 and became president four years later. He died in 2013 at the age of 95.

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