Remembering Nelson Mandela, five years since his death

Remembering Nelson Mandela, five years since his death

We're remembering one of the world's most loved activists - as today marks five years since the death of South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. 

Nelson Mandela

The Nobel Laureate died five years ago today, in his Houghton home. 

South Africans and global citizens have paid tribute to the Mandela centenary in 2018, signalling 100 years since Tata's birth.

Madiba is known and celebrated for contributions toward ending institutionalised racism, and for his humanitarian work. 

On the 9th of October 1963, Mandela joined 10 others and stood trial for sabotage in what's famously known as the Rivonia Trial. He served a 27-year prison sentence, as Prisoner Number 46664 for the majority of his imprisonment. 

Prior to this era, the law graduate was deeply involved in politics including having helped establish the ANC Youth League in 1944. 

The country's first democratic elections were held in 1994 where, like many South Africans at the time, Madiba marked his first ballot. 

Mandela spent just one term as president. 

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Post 1999, Madiba went on to work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and established the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

Today, his legacy lives on through efforts of these organisations and Nelson Mandela International Day, that encourages each South African to chart their own form of activism.

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