During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people.

I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve.

But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.


The Rivonia Trial ’63-’64

Nelson Mandela

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His Excellency

Nelson Mandela 


Mandela in 2008
President of South Africa
In office

10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999

Deputy Thabo Mbeki

Frederik Willem de Klerk

Preceded by Frederik Willem de Klerk

As State President of South Africa

Succeeded by Thabo Mbeki
19th Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office

2 September 1998 – 14 June 1999

Preceded by Andrés Pastrana Arango
Succeeded by Thabo Mbeki
Personal details
Born Rolihlahla Mandela

18 July 1918 (age 94)

Mvezo, South Africa[1]

Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Evelyn Ntoko Mase (1944–1957)

Winnie Madikizela (1957–1996)

Graça Machel (1998–present)

Children 6
Residence Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Alma mater University of Fort Hare

University of London External System

University of South Africa

University of the Witwatersrand

Religion Methodism[citation needed]
Website Mandela Foundation
Apartheid in South Africa
Events and projects
1948 general election

Coloured vote constitutional crisis

Sharpeville massacre

Soweto uprising

Treason Trial · Rivonia Trial

Church Street bombing · CODESA

St James Church massacre · Cape Town peace march · Shell House massacre

ANC · IFP · AWB · Black Sash

CCB · Conservative Party · ECC · PP

RP · PFP · HNP · MK · PAC ·

UDF · Broederbond · National Party


· SAP · SACP  · Umkhonto we Sizwe · State Security Council

P. W. Botha · Mangosuthu Buthelezi

· Steve Biko · Yusuf Dadoo

· Sheena Duncan  · F. W. de Klerk

· Eugene de Kock · Ruth First · Bram Fischer

· Chris Hani · John Frederick Harris

· Barbara Hogan

· Trevor Huddleston · Helen Joseph

· Ronnie Kasrils  · Ahmed Kathrada

· Jimmy Kruger · Moses Mabhida

· Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

· Mac Maharaj  · D. F. Malan

· Nelson Mandela

· Kaiser Matanzima · Govan Mbeki

· Thabo Mbeki · Robert McBride

· Billy Nair  · Hastings Ndlovu

· Alan Paton

· Hector Pieterson  · Harry Schwarz

· Walter Sisulu JG Strijdom

· Joe Slovo  · Helen Suzman

· Oliver Tambo · Eugène Terre’Blanche

· Andries Treurnicht · Desmond Tutu

· H. F. Verwoerd · B. J. Vorster

Bantustan · District Six

Robben Island · Sophiatown

South-West Africa · Soweto

Sun City · Vlakplaas

Related topics
Cape Qualified Franchise

Afrikaner nationalism

Apartheid legislation · Freedom Charter

Sullivan Principles · Kairos Document

Disinvestment campaign

South African Police

Apartheid in popular culture

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected president, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela went on to serve 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994. As president, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.[2][3]

In South Africa, Mandela is often known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name; or as tata (Xhosa: father).[4] Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.


3 thoughts on “MANDELA

  1. gita4elamats

    MY HERO!

  2. Yes he’s very inspiring 🙂

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