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Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela – Charismatic Political Leader 


“The struggle is my life, I will continue fighting

for freedom until the end of my days.”

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·        Born 18 July 1918

·        His father was a tribal chief

·        Graduated from university with a law degree in 1942

·        Joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944 who fought against apartheid

·        Was acquitted of treason in 1961

·        Sentenced to 5 years in prison in 1962 for setting up a military wing of the ANC

·        Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for plotting of overthrow the Government

·        Freed in 1990

·        Voted President of ANC in 1991

·        Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

·        Was instrumental in the new anti-apartheid constitution becoming law in 1996

·        Retired from ANC in 1999

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Leadership Traits:

Born leader – Mandela is the son of a tribal chief

Charismatic – when Mandela speaks, the world listens

Unselfish – the quote says it all, Mandela is a gracious man and is not interested in self-glory, instead for all of South Africa

Influential – Mandela has been able to influence many world leaders to follow his dream

Courageous – Mandela is not afraid of consequences and has spent a good proportion of his life in prison for his people and the anti-apartheid cause

Servant – Mandela spent his life fighting for the rights of black South Africa



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