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Nelson Mandela

Mandela's words, "The struggle is my life," are not to be taken lightly. Nelson Mandela personifies struggle. He is still leading the fight againstapartheid with extraordinary vigour and resilience after spending nearlythree decades of his life behind bars. He has sacrificed his private lifeand his youth for his people, and remains South Africa's best known andloved hero. Mandela has held numerous positions in the ANC: ANCYL secretary (1948);ANCYL president (1950); ANC Transvaal president (1952); deputy nationalpresident (1952) and ANC president (1991). He was born at Qunu, near Umtata on 18 July 1918. His father, Henry Mgadla Mandela, was chief councillor to Thembuland'sacting paramount chief David Dalindyebo. When his father died, Mandelabecame the chief's ward and was groomed for the chieftainship. Mandela matriculated at Healdtown Methodist Boarding School and then starteda BA degree at Fort Hare. As an SRC member he participated in a studentstrike and was expelled, along with the late Oliver Tambo, in 1940. Hecompleted his degree by correspondence from Johannesburg, did articles ofclerkship and enrolled for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1944 he helped found the ANC Youth League, whose Programme of Action was adopted by the ANCin 1949. Mandela was elected national volunteer-in-chief of the 1952 DefianceCampaign. He travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatorylegislation. He was given a suspended sentence for his part in the campaign. Shortlyafterwards a banning order confined him to Johannesburg for six months.During this period he formulated the "M Plan", in terms of which ANCbranches were broken down into underground cells. By 1952 Mandela and Tambo had opened the first black legal firm in thecountry, and Mandela was both Transvaal president of the ANC and deputynational president. A petition by the Transvaal Law Society to strike Mandela off the roll ofattorneys was refused by the Supreme Court. In the 'fifties, after being forced through constant bannings to resignofficially from the ANC, Mandela analysed the Bantustan policy as apolitical swindle. He predicted mass removals, political persecutions andpolice terror. For the second half of the 'fifties, he was one of the accused in theTreason Trial. With Duma Nokwe, he conducted the defence. When the ANC was banned after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, he wasdetained until 1961 when he went underground to lead a campaign for a newnational convention. Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the ANC, was born the sameyear. Under his leadership it launched a campaign of sabotage againstgovernment and economic installations. In 1962 Mandela left the country for military training in Algeria and toarrange training for other MK members. On his return he was arrested for leaving the country illegally and forincitement to strike. He conducted his own defence. He was convicted andjailed for five years in November 1962. While serving his sentence, he wascharged, in the Rivonia trial, with sabotage and sentenced to lifeimprisonment. A decade before being imprisoned, Mandela had spoken out against theintroduction of Bantu Education, recommending that community activists "makeevery home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning". Robben Island, where he was imprisoned, became a centre for learning, andMandela was a central figure in the organised political education classes. In prison Mandela never compromised his political principles and was alwaysa source of strength for the other prisoners. During the 'seventies he refused the offer of a remission of sentence if herecognised Transkei and settled there. In the 'eighties he again rejected PW Botha's offer of freedom if herenounced violence. It is significant that shortly after his release on Sunday 11 February 1990,Mandela and his delegation agreed to the suspension of armed struggle. Mandela has honorary degrees from more than 50 international universitiesand is chancellor of the University of the North. He was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President ofSouth Africa on 10 May 1994 - June 1999Nelson Mandela retired from Public life in June 1999. He currently residesin his birth place - Qunu, Transkei.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Nelson Mandela: The Freedom Fighter
  • Actor
2014
95% Sing Your Song
  • Nelson Mandela
2012
No Score Yet Mama Africa
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson
  • appearing
2009
No Score Yet Great Hearts Of Courage
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Great Souls: Nelson Mandela
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet 46664: The Event
  • Actor
2004
82% Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet 46664 - The Event
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet South Africa Freedom Day: Concert on the Square
  • Actor
2001
67% Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Fidel
  • Himself
2001
No Score Yet Mandela
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Palm World Voices - Mandela
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Speeches of Nelson Mandela
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World
  • Actor
1994
91% Malcolm X
  • Soweto Teacher
1992
No Score Yet Moyers/Beyond Hate
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Koppel Report: A Town Meeting with Nelson Mandela
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Mandela in America
  • Actor
1990

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