Today in history: Nelson Mandela is arrested in Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal

Today in history: Nelson Mandela is arrested in Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal

5 August is a very important day in the history of South Africa. On this day in 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested in Cedara. He was charged with incitement to strike and illegally leaving the country.

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South African struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela was arrested on this day in 1962. The late politician was captured in Cedara, a small town near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal.

The former South African president had just returned to the country after completing six months' military training in Morocco. During his time outside Mzansi, Mandela also attended the All Africa People's Conference in Ethiopia.

Mandela was charged with incitement to strike and with illegally leaving the country. According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, he was arrested on this day after being on the run for more than 15 months.

Following his arrest, Mandela's trial took place in Pretoria's Old Synagogue. In November, 1962 he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment on the charges. He began his sentence in Pretoria Central Prison, according to

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Today in history: Nelson Mandela is arrested in Cedara, Kwazulu-Natal
Nelson Mandela was arrested in Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal on 5 August, 1962. Image: Facebook/Nelson Mandela
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In other news, reported that Josiah Thugwane made South Africa proud when he won the prestigious Olympic gold medal on foreign soil on 4 August, 1996. He was the first black South African to do so after the was re-admitted into international sports. The historic moment took place during the Atlanta Olympic Games in the United States.

Before winning the gold medal at the Olympics, Josiah's first win in an international race came in 1995 at the Honolulu Marathon in Japan. He also won the Old Mutual national championships in Cape Town in 1996, which qualified him to go to the Atlanta Olympic Games, according to In 1997, he was also crowned as South Africa’s Sportsman of the Year.

Josiah was born in Bethal, Mpumalanga. The star grew up without running water or electricity and bought his first pair of running shoes in 1988 at the age of 17. Josiah was not born to run but was driven to the sport by poverty. His childhood dream was to become a professional footballer.

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