Mandela's remarrying would confirm a curious trend among his country's recent rulers: Octogenarian former president P.W. Botha recently remarried, while the country's last white ruler, F.W. De Klerk, 61, plans to marry his new love once his divorce comes through. Needless to add, South Africa was among the first countries to approve Viagra.
JOHANNESBURG: Graca Machel may become a first lady for a second time -- and of a second country -- on Saturday. South Africa's media is awash with reports that President Nelson Mandela plans to celebrate his 80th birthday by marrying Machel, 52, his companion of two years. "Mandela is staying coy and there's no certainty, but the signs are that there may be a small wedding at his home on Saturday," says TIME Johannesburg bureau chief Peter Hawthorne. Machel is the widow of Samora Machel, the first president of independent Mozambique, who died in a plane crash in 1987. South Africa's Truth Commission is currently probing allegations that foul play by the apartheid authorities may have contributed to that crash.