Nelson Mandela

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Who was Nelson Mandela and how did he influence the end of the Apartheid in South Africa?

Nelson Mandela was an incredible man, who through his actions led to the end of the Apartheid in South Africa. The end of the Apartheid was obtained by Mandela’s belief in equality for his people. To explain how Mandela obtained these achievements, this essay will detail Nelson Mandela’s life, education, the African National Congress and his role in the organisation, his years in prison and how this led to the end of the Apartheid and his election as the first Black African President in South Africa in 1994 Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a village near Umtata in the Transkei on the 18 July 1918. His father was the principal councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of Thembuland. After his father’s death, Rolihlahla became the Paramount Chief’s ward to be groomed to assume high office. However, influenced by the cases that came before the Chief s court, he was determined to become a lawyer. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valour during the wars of resistance in defence of their fatherland, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. After receiving a primary education at a local mission school, where he was given the name Nelson, he was sent to the Clarkebury Boarding Institute for his Junior Certificate and then to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some reputation. Nelson then enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for the Bachelor of Arts Degree where he was elected onto the Students’ Representative Council. He was suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott, along with Oliver Tambo. Nelson was introduced to Walter Sisulu in 1941 and it was Sisulu who arranged for him to do his articles at Lazar Sidelsky’s law firm. After completing his BA through the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1942, Nelson commenced study for his LLB shortly afterwards (though he left the University of the...
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