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Nelson Mandela

Enjoy freedom with the world’s most famous prisoner

The founder of the Rainbow Nation and a hero in his homeland and across the globe. Mandela spent 27 years in prison before going on to become president of South Africa and is a symbol of hope and of triumph against adversity. His efforts to end Apartheid won him the Nobel Prize for peace in 1993.

  • 1918: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born
  • 1952: Imprisoned for protesting against Apartheid
  • 1955: Took part in the Congress of the People, laying out the vision of the South African People
  • 1956: Arrested for treason and subsequently acquitted
  • 1961: Became leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress
  • 1962: Arrested and imprisoned in Johannesburg
  • 1964: Sentenced to life on Robben Island for planning armed action and for sabotage
  • 1981: Received Bachelor of Laws degree via correspondence course from University of London
  • 1982: Transferred to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison in cape Town
  • 1990: Released by President FW de Klerk. Leads the ANC
  • 1994: Became South Africa’s first black president
  • 1999: Took his well earned retirement

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