Thursday, 5 December 2013

Happy 95th birthday to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela(1918-2013), who died on December 5th, aged 95, gave hope to millions of Africans and inspired millions of others elsewhere. Mandela great achievement was to see the need for reconciliation, to waive the fee and act as midwife for a new democratic South Africa, based on the rule of law.

Heroic status of Mr Mandela is a phenomenon . For years , his fame was largely confined to his own country, South Africa . It did not become widely known abroad until his first trial for high treason , completed in 1961. Although acquitted, he remains free for a little over a year before being convicted of sabotage in the Rivonia trial , which began in 1963. During his long subsequent detention , more than 17 years of which were spent on Robben Island , a burned Alcatraz off the coast of Cape Wind , little has been heard of Mr. Mandela and we saw no him . When he was released from captivity February 11, 1990 , the contemporary picture of him had been published since 1964 , the world had been only wonder what he looked like .

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