June 28 - Hundreds of South Africans host an angry protest in Pretoria against U.S. President Barack Obama's visit. Jessica Gray reports.
America's star spangled banner up in flames ahead of U.S. President Barack's Obama's official state visit to South Africa scheduled to begin Friday. Mostly from the NObama movement, demonstrators in Pretoria said the visiting leader comes up short when compared to their ailing national hero Nelson Mandela. Among complaints -- Obama's policy of targeting militants in other countries often via drone attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSLIM LAWYER, TAYOB YOUSHA SAYING: "Mandela valued human life, Mandela valued due process, Mandela would condemn extra-territorial and extra-judicial, Mandela would condemn drone attack and civilian deaths, he (Obama) cannot be Mandela's hero, he cannot be on that list, he must remove himself from that list." These Muslims, observing Friday prayers in former President Mandela's local community, say Obama is no Mandela. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOHAMMED SAYEED BADRODIN SAYING: "Well Barack Obama being the first black American president, you know we all had great expectations that he was going to be another Mandela personality, he failed; sadly, he failed. Mandela is Mandela -- he's done what the wold expected from him and he's delivered" The U.S. president's Africa trip is part of efforts to rectify what some consider neglect on African partnerships from the United States' first black leader. Obama may also meet with Mandela, who is in critical condition in hospital over a recurrent lung condition. Further demonstrations are also expected in Johannesburg and Cape Town.