A look into the events that made Madiba a revered global icon

A look into the events that made Madiba a revered global icon

South Africa and the world will mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the country's first democratically elected president, on 18 July.

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The late Mandela, who passed away in 2013, is widely remembered as one of the greatest moral heroes of his generation.

Briefly.co.za therefore has a look at the events that made Madiba such a revered figure around the world.

The late Nelson Mandela. Source: Google

The late Nelson Mandela. Source: Google

Rivonia Trial.

Mandela, alongside several other leaders of the anti-apartheid struggle, were tried for various acts of sabotage during the 1963-64 Rivonia Trial.

He displayed incredible courage and famously declared he was prepared to die:

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

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The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Source: Google

The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Source: Google

27 years in prison.

Mandela and the Rivonia Trialists were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. He ended up serving 27 years, many of them at Robben Island.

According to the book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, his incarceration affected him deeply but did not break his spirit.

He tried his best to stay connected to his wife, the late struggle heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and children through letters.

Presidency and reconciliation.

Madiba was eventually released from prison in 1990 and declared that he held no bitterness against his incarcerators.

He steered South Africa away from a possible civil war and into democracy. His presidency was geared towards reconciliation.

Having done his bit, Mandela stepped down from the presidency after just one term. He then dedicated his life to moral causes around the world before eventually retiring.

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