What You Need To Know About Nelson Mandela

With the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, what impact does this have on the global community?


Photo courtesy of South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

On Thursday, Nelson Mandela, who spent three decades in prison for protesting against South Africa’s apartheid regime, passed away at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and helped steer the nation on the path towards democracy.

Mandela’s doctrine of nonviolence and peaceful coexistence earned him praise from the international community, and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

For more commentary on his life and South Africa, reread Do South Africans Truly Enjoy Freedom and Mandela Syndrome: Fear for South Africa.

For instant updates from the South African perspective, be sure to follow Olwethu Sipuka on Twitter. Olwethu holds a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town and specializes in advocacy, stakeholder relations and policy.

What impact has Mandela’s legacy made on your life? Has he helped change the way you view the world?

Do you think he helped set the foundation in South Africa for a more inclusive society for all of its citizens, irrespective of ethnicity, race and religion? What lessons and examples have other nations learned from Mandela’s struggle, leadership and experience?

We want to hear from you!

There are several ways you can take part in this discussion. You can share your views with us in the comment section below. You can also join our global community on Facebook and Twitter at @sgviews, using the hashtag #sgviews.

Do you have photos of interesting and unique images from your country? You may send images which can be uploaded on our new Flickr account. Be sure to check out our galleries and connect with us!

READ  Do South Africans Truly Enjoy Freedom?

Michael Sharnoff is founder and editor of Sharnoff’s Global Views. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelSharnoff.

  • Farid Mengal

    Nelson did His best for his Nation. the history will not forget him because the history never talks to the person it talks to the Charachter and Nelson Mandela has the character about which the writer will write always in golden words.