Why is Nelson Mandela important?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
When released from prison in 1990 Mandela tried to instigate a program of integration.This he succeeded in doing.On the death of Oliver Tambo in 1993 he took over the leadeship of the ANC.He became the first freely elected president of South Africa.His greatness was his humility.He did not seek redress for 27yrs imprisonment.Nor did he instigate any reprisal against the white minority.The transition from apartheid to unity was achieved through the ballot box,Today Nelson Mandela is probably the most revered person on the planet.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In 1948 there was a system of racial segregation going on in Africa called apartheid. Mandela was strongly opposed of this and was the leader of the African National Congress. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage after he went underground and began the ANC's armed struggle. He saw his wife only three times over the next 27 years. Then in 1994 he became the 11th president of South Africa and the first president of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. Hope this helps.
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- AnnLv 45 years ago
Be controversial and go against the flow. Include the fact that he planned and conducted terrorist attacks (against an evil regime, but it still isn't an excuse). Or the fact that he has not taken a stand - using his international influence - against the Mugabe regime? aida: Rhodesia did not operate an Apartheid system! People just assume that because of their proximety to South Africa and the fact that there was White Minority Rule until 1979. However, WMR does not equal Apartheid!
- cernunnicnosLv 61 decade ago
He's become a figurehead for various groups though he actually did very little. He certainly did not end apartheid, FW deKlerk ended apartheid when his government agreed to allow blacks to vote.
Mandela became the first black Prime Minister of South Africa and talked about receonciliation rather than revenge - he had to, most of the military was White, if he'd allowed the ANC to attack White people, the military would have crushed him so it was give and take.
He was originally imprisoned for organising terrorist bombings of restaurants where White people ate and the killing of blacks who supported the White government. His wife was famous for organising public executions - a favoured method was putting a car tyre around someone's neck and setting it alight. They were not nice people. The murder rate massively increased under Mandela.
The other thing Mandela was famous for before being sent to prison was telling blacks not to go to school because schools were the White man's institution and blacks should ignore anything to do with White people. This is the man that is paraded around the world today as some kind of saint, he is so not deserving. He even admitted himself that he was surprised the Apartheid government treated him so well while in jail because he knew what he had done was bad.
- 1 decade ago
He spent many years in prison for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
For ending Apartheid w/o the wholesale violence of other African countries. (Yes, I know it wasn't called Apartheid in other countries.)