South Africa’s first anti-apartheid, black President, Nelson Mandela. 

April 27, 2020 2:45 pm


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, was born on the 18th of July 1918 in Mvezo South Africa into the Thembu Royal family his parents were Nosekeni Fanny and Gadla henry Mphakanyiswa. After studying law and becoming a well-respected lawyer, Mandela became involved in politics and joined the A.N.C.  soon becoming its President.

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After serving twenty-seven years in prison for leading a sabotage campaign against the South African Government he was released in 1990 by President F.W de Clerk and went on to become a World-wide, charismatic and well-respected Motivation speaker UK. After leading the A.N.C. to victory he became president and the two men went on to collaborate together in ending apartheid and discrimination towards anyone of a different colour, creed or gender.

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Nelson Mandela spoke about reconciliation, racial tolerance and forgiveness and vigilantly pursued past human rights abuses when he created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  He acted as a mediator and a spokesman was a great humanitarian and became involved in raising money through the Nelson Mandela Foundation Charity.  Being a very private person, he tried hard to keep his personal life away from the media, he didn’t smoke or drink alcohol and lived a very austere life and even when President he insisted on making his own bed. Surrounded by his family, Nelson Mandela passed away on the 5th of December 2013 at the age of 95 due to a prolonged Respiratory Infection.  The whole Country then went into a ten-day mourning period to mark the passing of such an influential World Leader.