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Dec 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on the 18th of July 1918 and served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader 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 in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island near Cape Town. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. As president from 1994 to 1999, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation. In 1993 he won the Nobel Peace Prize and he has won many prizes for his contribution to humanitarian issues since. May he Rest In Peace

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