Emmett Rice
July 19, 2018

"Disgraceful", Blakeman said. "The fact that a former American president on foreign soil would say the comments he did - veiled comments, by the way, not direct - about this president and the current state of American affairs..."

Former US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in several countries.

Obama's remarks come a day after Trump's news conference in Helsinki, Finland, in which the USA leader sided with Putin over his own country's intelligence agencies on whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

A woman holds a programme with a portrait of former President Nelson Mandela, before former U.S. president Barack Obama delivered his speech.

It was one of Obama's most high-profile appearances since leaving the White House 18 months ago and a preview of what could be an active campaign schedule for the former president before the midterm elections this fall.

The address is expected to attract up to 10,000 people to the Wanderers Stadium, in Sandton.

"It should make us hopeful‚ but if we can't deny the real strides our world has made since that moment when Madiba took steps out of confinement‚ we have to recognise ways in which the global order has fallen short of its promises".

"Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90s, people now are talking about the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. Just not handling our business", Obama said. If you start (by) saying it is an elaborate hoax. where do we start?

The former president added: "I am not being alarmist, I am simply stating the facts".

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In what was perhaps another allusion to Trump, he criticized leaders who "just make stuff up.when they're caught in a lie and they just double down".

Mr. Obama said there are "two different stories, two different narratives" that are battling for the "hearts and minds" of the world.

"Even in the United States, founded on the declaration that all men are created equal, racial segregation and discrimination was a law in nearly half the country and the norm in throughout the rest", he continued.

Paying tribute to a legacy that defined a country, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has produced a two-minute video highlighting the special moments and ties the company has had with Nelson Mandela.

"Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together, now we are seeing the opposing team: Obama and Mandela".

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during, and he was freed in 1990.

Governments have been cracking down on social media use for years now, but in these last few months we have seen another surge of politicians shamelessly blaming social media for political conflicts as justification for more online surveillance.

"Keep believing, keep marching and raise your voice", he said to young attendees.

Ramaphosa said South Africans celebrated Obama because he shared similar leadership qualities as Mandela and had the same ability to inspire hope and action. "The man went to prison for nearly three decades".

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