Saturday, 23 September, 2017
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Mandela was the victim of various forms of repression.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in 1918 near Umtata, in the Transkei. His father was chief councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of the Thembuland. When his father died, Rolihlahla became the Chief’s ward. In the Chief’s household Rolihlahla was himself groomed for the chieftainship, but, listening to the case before the chief’s court, he resolved to become a lawyer. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestors “valour in defence of their fatherland, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Mandela enrolled for Bachelor of Arts degree at Fort Hare, where he was elected to the Students’ Representative Council, but he was suspended for joining a protest boycott. Although he was sent home, Mandela soon fled to Johannesburg to avoid an arranged marriage. In Johannesburg Mandela completed his BA by correspondence, took articles of clerkship, and commenced study for his LLB at this University.

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