Friday, December 13, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela born as Rolihlahla Mandela in 1918 has sadly ended his life at the age of 95. The name Nelson came from his primary teacher at a school in Qunu. After going to primary, he was sent or entrusted to Thembu Regent Jongintaba Dalindyebo. After one year at University College at Fort Hare in Alice, he was expelled.

He was expelled because apparently, he played a role in a student strike. In 1942 Mandela joined the African Congress and was South Africa’s main campaigner for black equality.

 Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1956 along with 155 others in trial for treason. Sentenced to 5 years in prison, he was sent to Robben Island for leaving the country without a passport.

 In 1963, Nelson Mandela along with the other leaders of the ANC were put on trial for being involved in planning an armed action and conspiracy to try and help other countries take over Africa. He was found guilty sentenced to life time in prison. Luckily for him, he was released after 18 years.

 Hours after his release, he promised to end Apartheid once and for all. IN front of heaps of people. On April 27, 1994, he was elected as South Africa's first democratically president.

 In his later years of life, he was in and out of hospital many times and sadly most of his children died. This wonderful man recently passed away December 6th 2013.

 Despite him being expelled and arrested, he was a man never to be forgotten. His message has left a mark on everyone today. As Nelson Mandela said, “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children."

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