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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid and fostering racial reconciliation. An African nationalist and democratic socialist, Mandela served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997..

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Nelson Mandela's legacy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 December, 2013, 4:14am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 December, 2013, 4:14am

1. City Press

He declared poverty an injustice, the solution for which was justice, not charity. That is a profound understanding we must take into our common future: The long walk to freedom will only be complete when we have in effect made poverty eradicable … A further lesson of Mandela's life is that of the tactician. He was never a close comrade of the last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, but he established a relationship that worked (for a while). At play was this founding lesson: My freedom is indivisible from your freedom … Mandela's was a long journey to humanism, to see beyond skin colour and even, occasionally, history, to tap into a deeper unity of purpose and understanding. (Johannesburg)


2. China Daily

It was Mandela who led South Africans to put an end to apartheid, realize social reconciliation and build a rainbow nation. There may still be disagreements from time to time, but people seek to resolve their problems and differences through civilized means. This is the most valuable legacy of Mandela, who endured 27 years of hardships in prison and walked out with new reflections and thoughts with which to guide all races to their entitlement of equal rights and interests … The reason why South Africa has realised a stable transition and averted hatred and slaughter between different races is the establishment of a foundation of mutual trust and recognition of the need for social order. (Beijing)


3. The Japan Times

Mandela will be remembered for insisting on the dignity of all humanity, and for refusing, when in prison or in power, to give in to baser instincts. He sought equality and freedom for all South Africans, fighting against white domination and black domination alike. He brought an end to apartheid without sparking a civil war, an outcome many thought inevitable. Not only did Mandela help engineer a peaceful transition, through his efforts he also managed to avoid a mass exodus of the white population as well as the disassembling of the economy … South Africa may not be all that it can be, but it is an indication of Mandela's achievement that his country did not fall apart when he left office. (Tokyo)


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