Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Nelson Mandela. (Born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
Nelson Mandela is the epitome of the fight against the unjust and tyrannical apartheid system of South Africa. For the cause of creating an equal and fair society, Nelson Mandela paid with an interminably long jail sentence. Despite the injustice of going to jail for trying to overthrow apartheid, Nelson Mandela did not become embittered and revengeful. Through forgiveness, he left the way open to negotiations and with considerable skill helped bring about the end of apartheid.