Mandela invited to inauguration

January 13, 1993|By From Staff Reports

South African black leader Nelson Mandela will attend the Clinton inauguration at the invitation of Rep. Kweisi Mfume of Baltimore, the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Mr. Mandela, president of the African National Congress, will be the personal guest of Mr. Mfume. Members of Congress are allowed to invite one guest to the Jan. 20 swearing-in of Bill Clinton.

"Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress have commited their very lives to the pursuit of the most fundamental elements of participatory democracy," said Mr. Mfume. "We as African-Americans take great pride in the impact we have made on the American political system, and the prospects for our interaction with -- and presence in -- the new Clinton Administration."

The Baltimore lawmaker said he hopes Mr. Mandela's attendance will "encourage and inspire the black population in South Africa. . . ."

Mr. Mandela will arrive in Washington on Sunday and stay up to four days, with the costs being paid by the ANC, said Madala Mthembu, assistant to the chief representative of the ANC in Washington.

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