On this day in 1994 Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, sounding the death toll to the Apartheid era, a time when citizens of South Africa were separated in work, life and play because of the colour of their skin.
Many of the black majority were crammed into ghettoes, and white supremacy was assumed. The guiding light for people of all races, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mandela served a total of 27 years in prison for his fight for freedom, 18 of them on the notorious Robben Island.
Today we are sadly missing Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013, so we will drink to his extraordinary life with a Mr President.
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