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Nelson Mandela: Latter day saint

How did the young Nelson Mandela, a radical, hothead and freedom fighter, become a worldwide icon of peace?

By Justice Malala   March 2013

A Johannesburg mural: when Mandela joined, the ANC was “a rich black man’s debating society.” He went on to form its military wing © AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

They were singing freedom songs in Soweto that morning. A common, mournful tune, sung in the Sesotho language, was among the more popular as dawn approached: “Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela! Ha hona ya tshwanang le ena!  No one compares to him!”

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s greatest and most famous son, had passed away at 8.50pm local time on 5th December, President Jacob Zuma…

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