Nelson Mandela and the Fight Against Apartheid

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Perseverance and Integrity in the Face of Trials and Tribulations: Nelson Mandela’s Role in the Realization of Racial Equality and Freedom in South Africa Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………………………………………..2 Chaos and Dissension in South Africa…………………………………………...3 Mandela – The Charismatic Leader……………………………………………….5 Iconic Image of Integrity and Perseverance………...…………………….………6 Uniting the African National Congress……………..………………………....….9 Mandela Takes Reconciliatory Action…………….………………………….….11 Mandela’s Unique Advantage ……………………..……………………….……13 Conclusion……………………………….…………..……………………………15 Bibliography……………………………….…………..………………………….16 Introduction The…show more content…
The black population in fact more than quadrupled that of the white population, yet it was the white community that owned nearly 90% of the land leaving the black population with only twenty percent of the overall wealth in the country.[7] Such was the disparity in living conditions that the infant mortality rate of the black community averaged somewhere near thirty percent with compared to two point seven for white families.[8] The climax of centuries of white oppression came to a head following the Boipatong Massacre with a small number of radicals turning the fight to overthrow apartheid into a struggle to fight the oppression of the white minority and exact revenge for generations upon generations of injustice they had carried out. South Africa teetered on the brink of civil as a minority of the white population, unwilling to relinquish the special status they held, worsened the situation in actively opposing the liberation movement. Extremists from the white minority regime and right wing went as far as assassinating popular communist political leader Chris Hani, ANC executive Oliver Tambo, even attempting to orchestrate an attempt on the life of Nelson Mandela that never came to fruition.[9] Though international opinion stood unanimously against apartheid, still their remained its supporters within

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