Photos: Mandela’s Mammoth Legacy and Meaning To Uganda


salve sans-serif;”>A healing sans-serif;”>Xhosa born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela attended the Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law.

Living in Johannesburg, he became involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League.

Mandela, the activist started his journey against apartheid at an early age.

Mandela, in his early years

His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.

This is the kind of brutality he was fighting.

The brutal fascist police canning demonstrating South Africans

Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997.

Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

He brought the fight to public platforms after the forming of Africa National Congress (ANC)

Mandela and his ANC party members start mass mobilisation and campaigns

In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison.

An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife.

He was incacerated for such courage at Robben Islands but never gave up the fight.

Mandela in his cell at Robben Islands

He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.

He stood on the ANC ticket.

Mandela’s campaign poster with his vote catchword

As South Africa’s first black president Mandela formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse racial tension.

By 1994, he was a freeman, back on the streets calling for the final overthrow of the apartheid regime.

Mandela and wife, Winnie celebrating his victory

He also promulgated a new constitution and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses.

Continuing the former government’s liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services.

Victory was inevitable and he was sworn in as president.

Mandela sworn-in as president of S.Africa

Mandela opened negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory.

Mandela, the president, the freedom fighter

Mandela subsequently became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

1n a surprising speech, he calls for forgiveness, reconcialition and unity between black and white.

Denounced as a Marxist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna.

Mandela wins a Nobel Peace Prize

One of the PAC-organised demonstrations was fired upon by police, resulting in the deaths of 69 protesters in the Sharpeville massacre.

In solidarity, Mandela publicly burned his pass as rioting broke out across South Africa, leading the government to proclaim martial law.

He starts the process of reconciling South Africans with their foreign counterparts, an example of Sebokeng massacre.

Mandela consoles families of those who perished in Sebokeng massacre

Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho.

He published his autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom, a record of his life.

Mandela’s autobiography

He was a confidant, an inspiration to both the sports world, the academia and the arts.

Mandela poses with a sports trophy

Mandela with the late American singer Whitney Houston

Mandela with the late American pop star, Michael Jackson

Mandela and the late Nigerian writer , Chinua Achebe

A south African displays graffiti of Nelson Mandela

Mandela meeting a sports personality

Mandela with former US president Bill Clinton

He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki.

Mandela refuses another term of office

Mandela celebrating his last birthday

Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa surrounded by his family.

The boxer loses the fight and now passes on

His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma.

However, riots are anticipated after his death.

Such groups have been waiting for his death to create chaos

His Meaning to Uganda

Ugandans are paying their tributes because Mandela left us with the greatest of all memories on the continent.

Here are some of those captured memories which will last forever, in pictures.

Mandela and president Museveni in the streets of Kampala

Mandela lends a supporting hand to the newly come to power, President Museveni in the 1980s

You wouldnt be wrong to call him Museveni’s political tutor and guide

This play ground, the National Stadium is named after Nelson Mandela


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