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Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 4)

Nelson Mandela is the pride of South Africans

Nelson Mandela continued the struggle against Apartheid, which forced Congress to ratify the law to abolish the brutal decree that existed for more than a century in this country (June 1991).

In July 1991, Nelson Mandela was elected Chairman of ANC and on May 10, 1994, after winning the first democratic election in South Africa, he became President of the Leather. The first color President of the Rainbow country.

Happy ending

Although the model of the era, known and respected by the world, Nelson Mandela was still a humble, polite and lovely person.

In his private life, Nelson was unlucky. He married for the first time in 1944 and had 4 children. The marriage ended in 1957 because he spent too little time with his family. In the midst of a fierce struggle for national liberation, Nelson met and married Winnie Madikizela in June 1958. Two daughters Zenani Mandela (1959) and Zindziswa Mandela (1960) were born.

When Nelson went to prison, his family life was completely ruined. He was very grateful to his wife who carried on her family and raised her children even though she herself was wanted and imprisoned. However, due to differences in awareness in some issues, in March 1996, Nelson and his wife divorced.

His last mate was Graca Simbine, the widow of President Mozambique. This is the beautiful love affair of two people in special places in modern African history.

Mr. Mandela always said that living with Graca Machel is a great happiness for both of them

When Graca’s first husband died in a plane crash in 1986, while struggling with misery to continue living in the terrible prison on Robben Island, Nelson wrote lines to comfort the widow of the President that he admires. Mrs. Graca replied. So began a correspondence between the two people who tied their lives to the fight against injustice. Happy smiled to Nelson on his 80th birthday: “I feel that living with her is a great happiness for both of us.”

Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 4)

“I’m not a saint”

Shortly after the inauguration, President Nelson Mandela faced the risk of a new spiral of violence stemming from black hatred, the indispensable product of apartheid racism.

Nelson Mandela always thought that it was impossible to build a nation out of anger and violence. “We are fighting for progress in a way and towards an outcome that helps ensure that all people, whether white or black, become winners,” he said. With a generous heart, he promoted racial reconciliation, through negotiations to promote the democratic process in South Africa, creating a model for the adoption of political solutions to resolve conflicts. .

Madiba (Nelson’s affectionate name) was ordinary and simple, which made him a “popular great man” with the erudite knowledge of an academic, a basis to ensure peace and national reconciliation, avoiding the bloody civil war between people of color and ethnicity on this painful land. The way he chose to leave office is also very special. In African history, very few leaders want to leave office. Nelson Mandela decided to set a precedent for everyone to follow.

After leaving the presidency, Nelson Mandela continues to play an active role in many social organizations for human rights, fighting poverty and inequality. One of his main concerns is the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Responding to his honors as a saint of South Africa, Nelson asserted: “I have never, even the most remote aspect, thought of myself as a saint or tried to become a saint. I am just a normal person, due to special circumstances, I become a leader. ”

Nelson Mandela’s influence and great personality transcend national borders. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1993) and from 1999, the United Nations announced his birthday (July 18) every year to be called the “Mandela Day” to remember his contribution to the freedom of the world.