5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Nelson Mandela

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Dec. 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela the civil rights activist and former president of South Africa died today at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg. Mandela was the first black president of the country from 1994 until 1999 after helping end the apartheid system of racial segregation in that country.  Here are a few facts about his accomplished life.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, having been charged with plotting to overthrow the South African government.

His real name wasn’t “Nelson” but Rolihlahla.  A teacher gave him the name “Nelson” as it was customary for African students to receive English names.

Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, sharing it with former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk (the man who freed him from prison) because they had agreed on a peaceful transition to majority rule.

For the first time the United Nations dedicated a day to a person, making Mandela’s birthday July 18th, Nelson Mandela International Day.

While in prison Mandela was sentenced to hard labor and was only allowed one visitor per year for only 30 minutes at a time.

 

45 comments
Thomas-Schell-802
Thomas-Schell-802 User

Another revisionist piece of irresponsible "journalism" that completely glosses over the facts that Nelson was a marxist terrorist that cheered communism and hated the peoples of the constitutional republic and the freedoms they enjoyed.

Shawna Bollig
Shawna Bollig

Nelson Mandela also brought unity and pride back to the country through the South African rugby team. :) Great man, he is the kind of people i wish could live forever.

Aren-Craig-435
Aren-Craig-435 User

This article is not very well written.  Nelson Mandela was sentenced to prison because he pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilising terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station while he was the head of the UmKhonto we Sizwe, the terrorist wing of the ANC.

bigdogbovy
bigdogbovy User

I applaud the efforts to end racist policies in South Africa, but not the man. No Angel, Communist/socialist.

eldystar
eldystar User

was he the drummer in kizz?

Elaine Rathmann
Elaine Rathmann

Boo frickn hoo. Don't always believe what the lame stream media or the ultra liberal educational systems have fed you. Mandela was imprisoned for conspiring and supporting acts of Terrorism, mainly the blowing up of infrastructure (power lines) plotting to place bombs in public places (railway stations etc.) and stockpiling explosives and weapons to carry out Terrorist attacks. He was NOT imprisoned for opposing the South African Government. If he'd been convicted of the same crimes in the USA, he would almost certainly have received the death sentence. In Canada or Europe, he'd probably gotten a life sentence in prison where he would probably have died years ago. He was no hero. He was a socialist who was committed to to violence against any innocent life who stood in his way.

eat_a_dick_bitch
eat_a_dick_bitch User

Wow break, way to leave out all the facts that this man was a complete piece of fucking shit!!!

Jason Elmore
Jason Elmore

oh ya know so much about the man to judge the kind of person he was. you stupid fucks dont even realize thats a pic of someone else. would you say that nobel was a good person or bad?

Diego Alvarez
Diego Alvarez

"Terrorism" in South Africa was fight for equal rights and awainst apartheid

Dieter Manero
Dieter Manero

The Crimes of #Terrorist #Nelson Mandela Read here the crimes of the clever terrorist Nelson #Mandela (most have never heard of, denied the opportunity by the treacherous liberal media) and understand why Amnesty International never accepted him as a political prisoner. Even as the world finally woke up to how wicked Winnie Mandela is, we must face reality about how dangerous and deceitful Nelson Mandela has been. The fact is that even Amnesty International refused to take on Nelson Mandela’s case because they asserted that he was no political prisoner but had committed numerous violent crimes and had had a fair trial and a reasonable sentence. Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists. South African President P.W. Botha had, on a number of occasions, offered Nelson Mandela freedom from prison, if he would only renounce terrorist violence. This Mandela refused to do. - Invictus Idolatry * The full list of munitions and charges read as follows: • One count under the South African Suppression of Communism Act No. 44 of 1950, charging that the accused committed acts calculated to further the achievement of the objective of communism; • One count of contravening the South African Criminal Law Act (1953), which prohibits any person from soliciting or receiving any money or articles for the purpose of achieving organized defiance of laws and country; and • Two counts of sabotage, committing or aiding or procuring the commission of the following acts: 1) The further recruitment of persons for instruction and training, both within and outside the Republic of South Africa, in: (a) the preparation, manufacture and use of explosives—for the purpose of committing acts of violence and destruction in the aforesaid Republic, (the preparation and manufacture of explosives, according to evidence submitted, included 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder); (b) the art of warfare, including guerrilla warfare, and military training generally for the purpose in the aforesaid Republic; (ii) Further acts of violence and destruction, (this includes 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963); (iii) Acts of guerrilla warfare in the aforesaid Republic; (iv) Acts of assistance to military units of foreign countries when involving the aforesaid Republic; (v) Acts of participation in a violent revolution in the aforesaid Republic, whereby the accused, injured, damaged, destroyed, rendered useless or unserviceable, put out of action, obstructed, with or endangered: (a) the health or safety of the public; (b) the maintenance of law and order; (c) the supply and distribution of light, power or fuel; (d) postal, telephone or telegraph installations; (e) the free movement of traffic on land; and (f) the property, movable or immovable, of other persons or of the state. Source: The State v. Nelson Mandela et al, Supreme Court of South Africa, Transvaal Provincial Division, 1963-1964, Indictment. #RIP — with Katie Pavlich and Victoria Jackson.

Louis-Guertin-477
Louis-Guertin-477 User

He should be honoured for ending Apartheid; at the same time, let us not forget that as Commander of the ANC's military wing, he was responsible for the murder/execution/death of thousands of South Africans both Black and White...One mans' Freedom Fighter is another mans' terrorist; I guess it just depends on which way the gun is pointing.

Mike Tsegai
Mike Tsegai

@adam ill try to say this without insulting your intelligence. But your a fucking retard.

Jj Lopez
Jj Lopez

dude that's Darth Vader!

Roman Proussakov
Roman Proussakov

50 bucks, within a year islamic extremism will be found South Africa and generously supported by USA...

Jerry Jack
Jerry Jack

Lol this made laugh. and than feel bad about laughing

James Ogles
James Ogles

carlos isn't familiar with the internet

Carnyworker
Carnyworker User

Still waiting on the 5 facts I didn't know. Was expecting " he was actually white" or something.

Wayne Brown
Wayne Brown

correct me if im wrong but i am with you on this one, mandela went to prison for 27 years for terrorism if i am not mistaken

Rhys Evans
Rhys Evans

lol, carlos....i think it was a joke

Tim McChesney
Tim McChesney

here are a couple of quotes for you from the terrorist murderer of children, Nelson Mandela. some of us don't forget so easily. "The cause of Communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!" ---Nelson Mandela in 1961. Or how about this one? "There's one place where Fidel Castro stands out head and shoulders above the rest. That is in his love for human rights and liberty!" ---Nelson Mandela, as Castro awarded him Cuba's prestigious Playa Giron Award.

Morina Afrim
Morina Afrim

GO TO HELL Mr Mandella! If Mandella is a "hero" then osama IS AN ANGEL!

Diego Alvarez
Diego Alvarez

In 2008, the U.S. government decided to delete Nelson Mandela from the list of dangerous terrorists. For sixty years the world's most prestigious African had integrated this dark catalog. From now, we will hear hypocritical statements of leaders, and former staff of that government.

Charles Littman Jr.
Charles Littman Jr.

The State v. Nelson Mandela et al, Supreme Court of South Africa, Transvaal Provincial Division, 1963-1964, Indictment. One count under the South African Suppression of Communism Act No. 44 of 1950, charging that the accused committed acts calculated to further the achievement of the objective of communism; • One count of contravening the South African Criminal Law Act (1953), which prohibits any person from soliciting or receiving any money or articles for the purpose of achieving organized defiance of laws and country; and • Two counts of sabotage, committing or aiding or procuring the commission of the following acts: 1) The further recruitment of persons for instruction and training, both within and outside the Republic of South Africa, in: (a) the preparation, manufacture and use of explosives—for the purpose of committing acts of violence and destruction in the aforesaid Republic, (the preparation and manufacture of explosives, according to evidence submitted, included 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder); (b) the art of warfare, including guerrilla warfare, and military training generally for the purpose in the aforesaid Republic; (ii) Further acts of violence and destruction, (this includes 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963); (iii) Acts of guerrilla warfare in the aforesaid Republic; (iv) Acts of assistance to military units of foreign countries when involving the aforesaid Republic; (v) Acts of participation in a violent revolution in the aforesaid Republic, whereby the accused, injured, damaged, destroyed, rendered useless or unserviceable, put out of action, obstructed, with or endangered: (a) the health or safety of the public; (b) the maintenance of law and order; (c) the supply and distribution of light, power or fuel; (d) postal, telephone or telegraph installations; (e) the free movement of traffic on land; and (f) the property, movable or immovable, of other persons or of the state.