South Africa’s Hero When most people think of a prominent figure in South Africa one name always comes to mind; Nelson Mandela. Imagine a time in South Africa when, similar to old America, whites held most of the power. Due to the previous conflicts of the European countries in South Africa, there were many Europeans who heavily discriminated against the original African people. This is exactly the type of place Mandela was born into. Born in 1918, his family was part of a common South African clan, where he always enjoyed hearing the elder’s stories. These stories consisted of the black Africans’ struggle against whites during the time of the Boer war (Nelson Mandela Center of Memory).
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This was a document that would produce a nonracial social democracy for South Africa. Later in 1960, there was a massacre of blacks in Sharpeville, which had changed Mandela’s perspective on nonviolent protesting. Mandela had called on the blacks to sabotage the South African regime. He then went into underground activism, where he was given the name Black Pimpernel for his avoiding of capture (Encyclopedia Britannica). A year later Mandela had left South Africa to learn guerrilla warfare, from which when he returned he was immediately sent to prison for five years (NMCM). While in prison Mandela’s living area was searched and found to have a large quantity of firearms, which we going to be used for sabotage (Conly). The result was the life sentencing of Mandela to prison, which was only because of Mandela’s earlier speech to the public that had swayed the jury from opting for execution. From 1964 to 1982 Nelson Mandela was held in Robben Island, until 1988, when he was greatly ill and had to be transferred to another prison (Conly). Mandela had a transformation while in prison , and in 1985 he swore to never to again use violence as a means of protest. During the time of his imprisonment, Mandela had rejected numerous offers from the South African government regarding his release, stating that he would only be released if he could go back to his previous position (Encyclopedia Britannica). Many believe that it is from the growth in support