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Charlize Theron Pays Respects at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service

Charlize Theron Pays Respects at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service

Charlize Theron sits alongside singer Bono at the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela held at FNB Stadium Tuesday (December 10) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 38-year-old actress was also joined at the event by President Obama, who spoke at the service, and the Clinton family – Hillary, Bill, and their daughter Chelsea.

“His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy,” President Obama said during his speech. “He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still.”

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  • DanaJ

    Check out at the guy sitting behind Charlize and Bono.
    He’s grieving real bad.

  • jane

    i could care less for arrogant bono, but im so glad charlize went. her and mandela were close, i love seeing her when she represents her country.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    what a nice celebration of life it was!

  • pika

    @DanaJ: lol hes so traumatized my god.
    but in all seriousness the south africans are celebrating his life rather than letting his death get em down. i think thats the best way to deal with the pain

  • living in a box

    here the thing, nelson mandela passing is really a sad news. but if you looking back what he has done he deserved this kind of memorial. how one man change not just one nation but the entire whole. nelson mandela is a gift to mankind.

  • tick

    Obama and Oprah want the world to belive Mandela was some kind of saint, but he wasn’t. There was a reason why he was in jail. If you don’t believe me, then you need to do some research. South Africa was once called the “rape capital of the world.” That label has stuck with it even to this day. Before Mandela was imprisoned, his group was responsible for dozens of rapes and murders. He admitted to being a “terrorist” several years before he died.

  • Loli

    all my respect for nelson Mandelas memory. A wonderful man. We need to remember him and his cause always.

    how sad is charlize´s friend alex skarsgard isn’t in south Africa. i wonder if she visit him.

  • True

    Charlize does not look so pleased to be next to Bono.

  • susan

    @#6 – I agree. This guy was on the U.S. terrorist watch list for years and now everyone is revising history so as not to appear racist. You would think he was the Second Coming by all the sugary comments about him now. Give me a break. Did Mr. Phony Smile react this way when Margaret Thatcher died?? Did he want to lower the American flags on government buildings when she died?? No and no.

  • True
  • yes

    Boner is a fraud

  • living in a box

    @tick: well i prefer freedom fighter. south africa at that time was an apartheid nation. a nation belong to black people, and all their resources and their land been taken away from them. if that happen to your country will you fight for your right? segregation happen, black people even cannot use a toilet with white people. all south africa economy been control by white people. so he fought for his country. but things change when he was been imprisoned and he meet george bizos.

  • Sels

    Tick: How much you would benefit from an education. IF you consider Mandela a terrorist then you must consider Gerge Washington one tooo. Mandela fought for his country and fought hard. South African blacks were jailed by the Afrikaans for just walking down the wrong street sometimes. The idea that there was a rightful reason why these brave men were jailed is you rewriting history. Poor thing. You must think that if you create a fantasy world then all of the social ills and wrongs of the world will go away. You don’t have to admit it here but why don’t you use Mandela’s life to create something in your life. A man who sat in jail for 27 years and came out of it more educated, wiser, more loving, more compassionate and who the entire world is honoring today – could you accomplish even half of that? Even a quarter of that? Learn from him. Learn from his dignity. You have the opportunity to use words of love in the world and instead you use words of bitterness. You right now can not be as great as Mandela was. If you choose to wisen up, you might. Maybe.

  • U2 Fan

    Bono is a great man.

  • Dumbed Down

    some lazy people suck and swallow everything the main stream media puts out …research for yourselves from several independent sources just who Mandela really was and what he did …not all good, not all bad…see how he sold out at the end, though he really had no choice
    the MSM preys on your mental laziness and emotions

  • flo

    @tick: He was not a terrorist. In the beginnig Mandela attempted to save his people without arms but it didn’t work, so at some point, he used violent means in order to help his people. I recall you that black people were exploited and treated like sh** by some whites in THEIR country. So put your facts straight.

  • Avery

    Nelson Mandela was offered early release in the 1970 if he would renounce violence and he declined. So annoying they way the media is going overboard along with the politcital hacks, this a bit North Korea who are told when to be happy when to mourn and like puppets they follow along, that what going with this Mandela death, 99% of people don’t give to st** and the media tells us we must.

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  • susan

    Obama, Mr. Phony Smile, sent low-level diplomats to England when Margaret Thatcher died yet we send four presidents and other American leaders to this terrorist’s funeral; it’s simply head-scratching. Remember, Mandela was on the U.S. terrorist watch list for years; you don’t get to be on such a list for no reason ….

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  • susan

    I should clarify that America sent four presidents and other American leaders to South Africa, but it’s unclear if they are there for today’s memorial service or if they are staying until Sunday when the Mandela funeral is to take place.


    Basically, Charlize Theron’s mother shot her father with a .22 when he flew into another drunken rage over her naive support for black nationalist Marxism.

  • ntnw

    Anyone see the pictures of our phony First Couple?? Obama is seen taking a selfie with David Cameron and Denmark’s pretty Prime Minister. Michelle is so mad that she makes hubby switch seats with her to separate Obama and the woman Prime Minister. This couple comes across as all sweetness and smiles but they’re as phony as a couple of $2 bills.

  • hmm

    Charlize seems like a stuck up cow next to Bono. Both are fake?
    I don’t think Alex’s girlfriend would appreciate the visit.

  • tweety

    @hmm: eh ,who’s alex? and who/why would his gf be upset at charlize?

  • Meh


    Meh, Its that old Alex skarsgard rumour again. Although Im not sure which girlfriend he/she talking about. Taylor Swift,Katie Holmes, Alicia vikander,Ellen Page and so on. Take your pick. By the way isnt this thread about Mandelas memorial service?

  • Troll

    I think it’s a troll?

  • Kisses

    Bringing it back to the service, it is appropriate to blow kisses?

  • Ugonna Wosu

    @Kisses: South Africans cheered when they saw her, so she acknowledged them. It was a day to celebrate, not be stiff as a board. She did good and so did everyone else there.

  • starchy

    @tick: You freaking moron. You aren’t even correct. The ANC had nothing to do with rape in SA. Mandela was a freedom fighter you Klansman.

  • starchy

    @susan: you are a pretty dumb bunny right?

  • susan

    I’m smarter than you’ll ever be because I see this terrorist for what he is. If you think he’s some kind of saint than I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. And it’s too bad that you don’t know how to disagree with someone without resorting to calling someone names and insulting them. How old are you, 12??

  • peace always wins

    Boy these anti Mandela posters are right of the page of an Afrikaans handbook. You lie, the Afrikaans lied and apartheid was a lie. Mandela is better than you will ever be. You are on Just Jared spreading hate. Mandela had over 90 world leaders, nobility and heads of state at his funeral. What will you ever accomplish in your sorry life. MADIBA!

  • A man for history

    NY Times: Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.

    The question most often asked about Mr. Mandela was how, after whites had systematically humiliated his people, tortured and murdered many of his friends, and cast him into prison for 27 years, he could be so evidently free of spite.

    The government he formed when he finally won the chance was an improbable fusion of races and beliefs, including many of his former oppressors. When he became president, he invited one of his white wardens to the inauguration. Mr. Mandela overcame a personal mistrust bordering on loathing to share both power and a Nobel Peace Prize with the white president who preceded him, F. W. de Klerk.

    And as president, from 1994 to 1999, he devoted much energy to moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and to reassuring whites with fears of vengeance.

    The explanation for his absence of rancor, at least in part, is that Mr. Mandela was that rarity among revolutionaries and moral dissidents: a capable statesman, comfortable with compromise and impatient with the doctrinaire.

    When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.

    Except for a youthful flirtation with black nationalism, he seemed to have genuinely transcended the racial passions that tore at his country. Some who worked with him said this apparent magnanimity came easily to him because he always regarded himself as superior to his persecutors.

    In his five years as president, Mr. Mandela, though still a sainted figure abroad, lost some luster at home as he strained to hold together a divided populace and to turn a fractious liberation movement into a credible government.

  • greatest man of this century

    Bono form Irish Times:

    As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made our first anti-apartheid effort. And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even longer than that.

    Irish people related all too easily to the subjugation of ethnic majorities. From our point of view, the question as to how bloody South Africa would have to get on its long road to freedom was not abstract.

    Over the years we became friends. I, like everyone else, was mesmerised by his deft manoeuvring as leader of South Africa. His cabinet appointments of Trevor Manuel and Kader Asmal were intuitive and ballsy. His partnership with Sowetan neighbour Desmond Tutu brought me untold joy.

    This double act – and before long a triple act that included Mandela’s wife, the bold and beautiful Graca Machel – took the success of the anti-apartheid fight in South Africa and widened the scope to include the battle against Aids and the broader reach for dignity by the poorest peoples on the planet.

    ‘Time to set them free’
    Mandela saw extreme poverty as a manifestation of the same struggle. “Millions of people . . . are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free,” he said in 2005. “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome . . . Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”

    It certainly fell to Mandela to be great. His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical. He worked for a deeper debt cancellation, for a doubling of international assistance across sub-Saharan Africa, for trade and private investment and transparency to fight corruption.

    Without his leadership, would the world over the past decade have increased the number of people on Aids medication to 9.7 million and decreased child deaths by 2.7 million a year? Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction? His indispensability can’t be proved with math and metrics, but I know what I believe . . .

    Mandela would be remembered as a remarkable man just for what happened – and didn’t happen – in South Africa’s transition. But more than anyone it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants. He was also a hardheaded realist, as his economic policy demonstrated. To him, principles and pragmatism were not foes; they went hand in hand. He was an idealist without naivety, a compromiser without being compromised.

    Surely the refrain “Africa rising” should be attributed to Madiba – the clan name everyone knows him by. He never doubted that his continent would triumph in the 21st century. “We are not just the peoples with the oldest history,” he told me. “We have the brightest future.”

    He knew Africa was rich with oil, gas, minerals, land and, above all, people. But he also knew that “because of our colonial past, Africans still don’t quite believe these precious things belong to them”. Laughing, he added: “They can find enough people north of the equator who agree with them.”

    He had humour and humility in his bearing, and he was smarter and funnier than the parade of world leaders who flocked to see him. He would bait his guests: “What would a powerful man like you want with an old revolutionary like me?”

  • susan’s GED and hatred

    Desmond Tutu on Mandela: “He lived out the understanding that an enemy is a friend waiting to be made, and so could have his white former jailer attend his Presidential inauguration as a VIP guest; and have Dr Percy Yutar, who was the prosecutor in the Rivonia trial when he was sentenced to life imprisonment, the Dr Yutar who had wanted the death sentence, come to lunch with him at the Presidency; and could visit the widow of Dr Verwoerd, the high priest and architect of apartheid, for tea. The former terrorist could have those who used to think of him as Public Enemy No 1 eating out of his hand.”

  • some ppl will never be great

    Mandela Quotes – some men are born for greatness as he was:

    Here are some of his most inspirational quotes.

    “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience… If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.” After being sentenced to five years hard labour, 1962.

    “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” First courtroom statement, 1962.

    “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Speaking, while facing the death penalty, at the Rivonia trial, 1964.

    “Difficulties break some men but make others.” Letter to wife, Winnie,1975.

    “Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” – Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison, 1985.

    “I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speaking on the day of his release, 1990.

    “The value of our shared reward will and must be measured by the joyful peace which will triumph, because the common humanity that bonds both black and white into one human race, will have said to each one of us that we shall all live like the children of paradise. Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognises that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance. Such a society should never allow again that there should be prisoners of conscience nor that any person’s human right should be violated.” Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1993.

    “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign! The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement! God bless Africa!” Inaugural celebration address, 1994.

    “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” From his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, published 1995.

    “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” Long Walk to Freedom, 1995.

    “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Interview for Academy Award-winning documentary ‘Mandela’, 1996.

    “I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it’s difficult to say no.” On his continued political activism, Newsweek interview, 2002.

  • Marco

    Charlize Theron gets more and more lovely. Just love this woman.

  • g

    Charlize is a classy wonderful woman…and a proud South African

  • susan

    Whether some of you like it or not, at one point in his life, Nelson Mandela was a terrorist; even Amnesty International refused to help him because they asserted he had committed numerous violent acts. Some of these acts resulted in innocent people being killed. South African President Botha many times offered Mandela freedom from prison if he would renounce terrorist violence and he refused. He did good later in his life, but at one point, he was a terrorist. This is my last post on this topic; bye.

  • Susan the Afrikaan

    Susan: SHOW US YOUR PROOF!.. Where is your proof dear you little bitter Afrikaan Nazi. The terrorist Apartheid government forbade blacks from walking in neighborhoods without a pass after dark, they forbade black cab drivers from owning businesses, they tortured, maimed and killed children, men and women, they terrorized black people for centuries. If it wasn’t for the courage of Nelson Mandela – we would still have apartheid. He was not going to negotiate with the terrorist apartheid government unless they honored his demands. They were comfortable carrying out violence against black people and then wanted to present it as if black people in South Africa were the terrorists who needed to be absolved of some sin? Listen to you – history is not on your side. You are sitting here spewing jibberish with no facts. Who are you? Do you know anything of the atrocities of apartheid? Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary, a peaceful man who also was tough as nails and was not going to kow tow to racist pigs. You are a lovely heir to the Afrikaans frame of mind: make the blacks terrorized the terrorists. In your own little brain you actually believe your jibberish. You are stuck in a fantasy land. Wake up dear child, The world has moved on, Nelson Mandela won and he will forever go down in history as a great fighter and great man. What have you done today? Do something with your life. You don’t have to admit it here but do yourself a favor and read a book. Just one. Read Desmond Tutu, read Biko, read Mandela, read read read. I have a strange feeling education terrifies you because you will discover you are wrong and you will discover your Afrikaan racist ideals are no longer useful in the world. Sit somewhere simple child. You sound like the passing of Mandela has you coming undone. The world has moved on. We all drink from the same fountain now. Again, what have you done with your life? You are not even worthy of citing his name Miss Afrikaan