On 18th July 1918, in Mvezo in the Transkei, Rolihlahla Mandela was born. He would later become better known as Nelson, given the Christian name by his primary school teacher.
Nelson being the son of a Chief and having been taken in by the regent Jongintaba after his fathers death would go on to receive an education at Clarkebury Boarding Institute in Engcobo then Wesleyan College at Fort Beaufort. When he was 21 years old (1939) he enrolled at University College of Fort Hare in Alice. Here he began his studies for his Batchelor of Arts degree. After a year he became involved with the Student Representative Council and their boycott against university policies. He was expelled before he could complete his degree.
In 1941 to avoid an arranged marriage he ran off to Johannesburg. Here he would complete his law degree, open South Africa’s first black law firm and this would be the start of his interest in the ANC. Mandela would begin his lifelong involvement in politics and equality for South Africa.
1.O Terms of Reference
Stephen Colbert (Lecturer) has requested Daniel Leitch to write a report on Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid. It is a requirement of Communications: Level 5 (F3GB 11) and is due to be submitted on the 6th of November 2014.
Research for this report was conducted via the internet, by visiting reputable websites- see bibliography.
3.1 Mandela the Freedom Fighter
In Johannesburg Mandela would continue his studies whilst clerking and gaining experience at a law firm. He would complete his law degree and having discovered that white law firms were too expensive and charged black clients an even higher rate Mandela and his friend Oliver Tambo opened South Africa’s first black law firm. They offered blacks legal aid and acted as public defenders.
Living in Johannesburg made Mandela aware of the inequality that blacks faced and this led to his interest and desire to...
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