Nelson Mandela

"It always seems impossible until its done"


Nelson Mandela was born July 18 1918, Transkei, South Africa. His father was a the chief of a tribe called the Tembu tribe, his name was Chief Henry Mandela. From the time he was born he was exposed to a family pride. Nelson Mandela was the first of his family to attend school. His father died when he was only nine years old from tuberculosis, which is a deadly disease caused by bacteria. He was then put under the guardianship of the regent Jongintaba. He was very intellegent, completing his junior certificate 2years instead of the usual 3years. Soon after completing his junior certificate he went to college, while he was at college he took interest in boxing and running.


Nelson Mandela was fighting for equality and justice for black citizens, and against the apartheid system. Not necessarily just for the South Africans but for everyone. Nelson Mandela believed in freedom and equal rights. Nelson Mandela was fighting for equality, justice and freedom because he had coped with this first hand as he was growing up. He knows how it feels to be treated badly because of the colour of his skin.


Nelson Mandela fought for his beliefs through peaceful protests and non violent resistance. After the killing of 69 peaceful protesters, Mandela decided that military action would be more effective, so he began using violent methods. He arranged campaigns to get rid of the apartheid system. However, this didn't work because innocent people got hurt. He got arrested for getting smuggled in to the country and got put in jail for life. From then on he decided to use peaceful resistance to the jail guards. Through Nelson Mandela's peaceful protests apartheid soon ended. He spent 27 years in prison. When he was 75 he was democratically elected as the president of South Africa.


In my opinion Nelson Mandelas methods worked because he ended the apartheid, which was his goal in the first place. If I was to have done one thing different I wouldn't have turned to violent protesting.