- Today marks the day Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013
- The former president of the country made a significant impact in the country's struggle for liberation
- His legacy lives on as South Africans serve to emulate his work annually on his birthday
This 5th of December marks the sixth anniversary since the death of former South African president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Briefly.co.za celebrates the life of this remarkable liberation leader whose vision brought change towards a better South Africa.
Nelson Mandela was on on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, then part of South Africa's Cape Province. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand. He worked as a lawyer in Johannesburg. Mandela joined the ANC in 1943 and co-founded its Youth League a year later.
Mandela was imprisoned in 1964 for his role in the struggle against the apartheid regime. He was charged and convicted of sabotage and treason and received a life sentence on Robben Island.
In 1984 while still imprisoned, Mandela rejected the then-president PW Botha’s offer of conditional freedom, insisting that apartheid be completely dismantled.
His actions catalysed further protests and appeals for Mandela to be released globally. Mandela received many awards while in prison including India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, a lifetime membership to the University of London, and the Australian Human Rights Award.
After his release in 1990, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize, and was elected President in 1994 in South Africa’s first democratic elections.
His legacy lives on in South Africa. Mandela Day (18 July) and its 67 Minutes for Mandela serves as a day which sees people in South Africa and across the world devote one hour of their time to the fight for social justice, transformation and democracy.
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