In 1964 he was among eight men sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial after being convicted of conspiracy and sabotage.
After more than 27 years in detention, Mandela walks out of the Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl on Feb. 11, 1990, accompanied by his wife Winnie.
Two days after his release, Mandela addresses a rally attended by over 100 000 people at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto on Feb. 13, 1990. “The march towards freedom and justice is irreversible,” he told the crowd.
Mandela urged the U.N. to maintain sanctions against South Africa until apartheid was abolished.
Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway on Dec. 10, 1993. De Klerk would go on to serve as one of Mandela’s deputy presidents.
Mandela campaigning in Mmabatho on March, 15, 1994 in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic and multiracial general election. (Hooray!)
Mandela takes the oath on May 10, 1994, during his inauguration in Pretoria as the country’s first black president. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mandela said. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.”
Mandela congratulates South Africa’s rugby captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team’s victory over New Zealand in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995. “It was on that day that he captured the hearts of white South Africa,” said the author John Carlin, who wrote a book, later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie, about the significance of Mandela’s embrace of the largely-white rugby team.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, hands Mandela the five-volume report produced by his Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Oct. 29, 1998. The report revealed human rights abuse by various political parties during apartheid. Accepting the report, Mandela acknowledged that the wounds of the period of repression and resistance were too deep to have been healed by the TRC alone.
A Nobel Peace laureate and anti-apartheid icon, Mandela died on Thursday, December 6, 2013, at the age of 95.
Few months ago, we studied about the government of South Africa and touched a little bit of Nelson Mandela’s life and his great valor to free his people from oppression.
There are very few icons in this world that have transformed not just the course of history but the way people treat others, overcome personal obstacles and show how to LIVE. Nelson Mandela was the living example that no matter how unjustly and badly you’ve been treated, forgiveness and love can overpower hate. His life showed that compassion is power, that if you can teach the heart to hate…you can also teach it to love. Let us not forget men like him. He is not just an aspiration for us.
Superheroes don’t always come in costumes, they come in ordinary people who shine through the hardest of circumstances. Much love and respect!
The world is grieving for it has, once again, lost another great man. We will always be grateful for the legacy and inspiration you’ve imparted to us. May you now rest in peace Sir Nelson Mandela, you will always be in our hearts.
"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity." - Nelson Mandela