Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nelson Mandela - the life

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." -Nelson Mandela, 20 April 1964

A young Mandela in 1937,
at the age of 19.

Mandela's first wife,
Evelyn Mase, married
1943 to 1957.

Mandela as young attorney in his office at Tambo & Mandela, 1952 to 1956.

Mandela and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on their wedding day. Married 1958 to 1996.

Mandela, Winnie and their daughter Zindzi.

Mandela and Walter Sisulu on Robben Island, late 1964.
Nelson Mandela released on 11 February 1990 after spending 27 years in prison.

Mandela being greeted by Winnie and Walter Sisulu after his release from prison in 1990.

Mandela and FW de Klerk at Tuynhuis on 4 May 1990, known as the historical "Groote Schuur Minute".

Mandela casting his vote in the first democratic elections in 1994.

Mandela being sworn in as president on 10 May 1994.

Mandela congratulating Francois Pienaar at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel, married on his 80th birthday in 1998.

Mandela with Thabo Mbeki who succeeded him as president in 1999. Photo taken at Thabo Mbeki's inauguration.

Nelson Mandela with Charlize Theron, who won an Academy Award in 2004.

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