Nelson Mandela Day

There is a great man, who born on South African soil, in a time where the colour of his skin was not worthy, where his people were taken as being less than their ‘superiors’ who were in the minority, this great man reformed South Africa, through an almost lifetime of imprisonment, torture and terror.

He fought and his battle was won, this man is the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and this public holiday falls on his birthday, in honour, to remember him and the great work that he gave his life to fight for.

Nelson Mandela, born in 1918, was born into the Xhosa Royal family and studied Law at the Fort Hare University as well as the University of Witwatersrand. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist. However the people of South Africa know him better as the father of the rainbow nation. For the dream he believed in he served 27 years in 3 prisons, namely Pollsmoor Prison, Victor Verster Prison as well as on Robben Island. Through his fighting which was more often than not violent he finally joined in negotiations with former president F.W. de Klerk and successfully they abolished the apartheid regime and established the first multi racial elections in South Africa in 1994.