Protester. Prisoner. Peacemaker.


“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

These words, spoken by Madiba (Mandela’s Xhosa clan name) depict how crucial it is to undergo numerous inner and outer processes on various levels of the social ladder to become human again. Mandela made his path to glory through three meaningful stages. As a fierce protester he fought against social injustice and his people’s right to pursue better lives. Being an educated person [he graduated from University College of Fort Hare], Madiba knew how to inspire antiestablishment thinking in his countrymen. As a member of African National Congress, he managed to set up its Youth League whose main objective was to become the its firebrand. This unit of ANC played an important role when in 1944 Apartheid was established and the Black


society of South Africa was banned form better neighbourhoods, jobs, schools, and farmlands. No matter how difficult it was for him to serve, as originally stated, a life sentence in Robben Island where he suffered through hard labour, Madiba managed to find forgiveness and strength for goodwill, after he was released. 27 years of imprisonment made him a different person, after being elected President, Mandela stressed the importance of reconciliation, and began his struggle for tolerance and understanding, saying “I wanted South Africa to see that I loved even my enemies while I hated the system that turned us against one another”. This issue of TIME features two short interviews with Morgan Freeman and Francois Pienaar. The former was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Mandela in heart-warming Invictus. The latter was South Africa’s rugby team captain who Mandela entrusted with the future of his beloved country. Highly recommended:

The commemorative issue is available in the school library.





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