Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1956 for treason, in 1962 for leaving the country without a passport and in 1964, Mandela was charged with sabotage while incarcerated at Pretoria Local Prison. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 1962 and then sentenced to life in 1964.Continue Reading
Mandela served 26 years before being released by South African President F.W. de Klerk in February of 1990. President de Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for anti-apartheid activism in 1993.
In May of 1994, Mandela was sworn into office as President of South Africa after winning the country's first elections by universal suffrage. He served one term with de Klerk serving as his first deputy.Learn more about Modern History
As a native African living in South Africa under apartheid, the government system of imposed segregation in which non-native white residents of South Africa were treated as fundamentally superior to black natives, Nelson Mandela's initial cause was focused on bringing about the end of apartheid and systematic racial oppression in his home country. Apartheid came to an end in the 1990s, and in 1994, Mandela was elected as the first black chief executive of South Africa in the nation's first full, democratic election. When Mandela's presidential term ended in 1999, his focus shifted from issues within his own nation to general human rights issues across the globe.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela, the activist who spent many years in prison before becoming the first black South African president, died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. He is credited with helping to end apartheid in South Africa.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In South Africa, he is often called "Madiba," which was the name of the clan he was born into.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela, arguably one of the great leaders of the 20th century, served as president of South Africa, was a notable writer, accomplished lawyer and a civil rights activist. Mandela was born in Mveso, South Africa, on July 18, 1918. He spent his childhood in South Africa, then left to pursue an education in the United States before returning to his home country to assume the role of president in 1994.Full Answer >