Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
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There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.
I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
I was not a messiah but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
Africans require want the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence.
Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.
I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.