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Did Nelson Mandela have any brothers or sisters?

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Nelson Mandela had three full sisters, six half-sisters and three half-brothers. Nelson Mandela's father had a total of four wives and 13 children. Nelson Mandela's father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Mandela, who died in 1930, and his mother's name was Nosekeni Mandela, who died in 1968.

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Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. He was 95 years old when he passed away in 2013. He was the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in 1964 but was released in 1990. Nelson Mandela had a total of three wives and six children.

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