Nelson Mandela was the greatest leader of South Africa. In fact, he was one of the greatest leaders of the world. All his life he struggled against apartheid. It was government policy of racial segregation. The Europeans were separated from the non-Europeans. The blacks were treated cruelly. They were aliens in their own country. The blacks were subjected to all sorts of indignities. They were denied all basic human rights. Even dogs received a much better treatment than the blacks. The great leader vowed to pet an end to the inhuman practice. He was thrown behind the prison bars. But the oppressive rulers could not break his spirit eventually; the great leader realized the goal of liberating his own people. On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically voted President. He was a symbol of global peacemaking; he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. His life is an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived.
Born: July 18, 1918, South Africa
Died: December 5, 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Bharat Ratna, Presidential Medal for Freedom and more.