Biden accused of lying about being arrested in SA during apartheid

Biden accused of lying about being arrested in SA during apartheid

US Presidential contender Joe Biden has made a claim 3 times this week about being arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela.

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Briefly.co.za learned that Biden claimed that he and the US ambassador Andrew Young were arrested on the streets of Soweto.

"I had the great honour of meeting him (Mandela). I had the great honour of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island (sic)," the Times quoted Biden as saying at an event in South Carolina last week.

However, Young did not recall that incident and was sceptical of Biden's version of events according to News24.com.

"No, I was never arrested and I don't think he was, either," Young reportedly said.

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Biden was hauled over the coals on Twitter for his claims.

The location of Soweto and Robben Island have gotten some people questioning Biden's grasp of South African geography.

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Biden is under enormous pressure to succeed in his campaign as the Democratic primaries move into racially diverse areas of the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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