From 27 years in prison to South Africa’s first Black head of state!
Mr Mandela had such an unbelievable life and his legacy will live on forever!
- South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist.
- South Africa’s first Black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. President of from 1994 to 1999.
- During his time in office he focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
- He was arrested in 1962 for conspiring to overthrow the state and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.
- In 1990, after 27 years in prison, President F. W. de Klerk released him. Mandela and Klerk worked together to help negotiate an end to apartheid.
- These efforts led to and resulted in the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela won.
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