Remembering Nelson Mandela !

nelson mandela

WE all are really depressed by the fact that Nelson Mandela died on December 5th 2013. But who was Nelson Mandela ?

He was the first Black South African President.

He was a south African anti-apartheid

Mandela attended the Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law.

Although initially committed to non-violent protest, he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961 in association with the South African Communist Party, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government.

In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison.

As South Africa’s first black president Mandela formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse racial tension.Mandela subsequently became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

He is often described as “the father of the nation”.

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