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Death threats on Mandela’s US trip

Washington - Newly released documents show the FBI investigated death threats against former South Africa president Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the US.

The FBI on Friday released hundreds of pages of records tied to Mandela's visit, which came months after the anti-apartheid leader was released from a 27-year prison sentence.

Nelson Mandela was a leader of substance, he did not need pamphlets in newspapers to show that he was a leader that built a better South Africa. He showed by doing, says the writer. File picture: Mike Hutchings. Credit: Reuters

Many of the documents have portions blacked out, but they do show that the FBI investigated multiple threats to assassinate Mandela during his trip, including a handwritten note that says, “Remember John F. Kennedy in Dallas???” One threat was phoned into a university in Georgia where Mandela was scheduled to address a rally.

Another caller said he was part of the Aryan Knights organization.

Mandela died in December at the age of 95.

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