Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

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What makes this man such a leader? Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes, his speeches, his time in prison, his early life all had a hand in moulding him into the person we know as the first black South African president.

His name has become synonymous with South Africa and in particular Cape Town due to his imprisonment on Robben Island. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a small village in Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa on the 18 July 1918. He became Paramount Chief to be groomed to assume high office on the death of his father.

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However, influenced by the cases that came before the Chief’s court, he determined to become a lawyer. Hearing the elders’ stories of his ancestors valour during the wars of resistance in defence of their fatherland, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

Mandela used his stature to help dismantle apartheid and form a new multi-racial democracy, and he and de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Mandela was elected the country’s president in 1994. He served until 1999, when he was succeeded by his deputy Thabo Mbeki. Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, was published in 1994.

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Information:

De Klerk and Mandela: TIME Man of the Year in 1993
Mandela and De Klerk were international symbols of apartheid. As a leader of the African National Congress and a participant in the struggle to overthrow apartheid, Mandela spent more than 25 years as a political prisoner.

Nelson Mandela Biographical
Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. After his release, he plunged himself wholeheartedly into his life’s work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund
Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) in 1995.

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