She'd gone a week before that to get her visa and everything was fine," Carole Adriaans of MusicaNoir said.
theatre company, which launches The Passion of Winnie Friday night, was stunned in part because the human rights campaigner and AIDS activist had been in New York City just three weeks ago to receive an award for her
efforts tackling the medical scourge in her
Hardy Jimbes, founder and president of the New York-based Save Africa Concert Foundation
, said it was relatively easy to arrange the visit with U.S. officials.He
sent a letter to the embassy in South Africa with information about the award his
organization was bestowing on Madikizela-Mandela and the temporary visas were processed for the trip, which lasted from May 18 to 22."I don't understand why they would refuse a visa to her
," Jimbes told the Star in a telephone interview after he
was informed of Canada's decision.
...Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined a request to write a message of support for the show, Adriaans told the Star.