Nelson Mandela Quotes
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Memorable quotes of Nelson Mandela, politician, revolutionary, renown leader and peace icon. Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.
Nelson Mandela Quotes > apartheid
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A gesture that wouldn't be possible without the influence of Madiba
I do not, however, deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness, nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation, and oppression of my people by the whites.
Mandela and his wife, Winnie, attend a rally after his release from prison. With his once-banned political party able to participate in elections, Mandela began the process of negotiating the end of apartheid with South African leadership.
Although Mandela's anti-apartheid involvement began as nonviolent, he later founded in 1961 a violent organization, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), that deployed bombs and landmines against government and infrastructure targets. A year later, he would be arrested, tried and sentenced initially to five years in jail, and then in 1964 to life behind bars.