Madiba, as Nelson Mandela was affectionately called spent 27 years in prison and fervently fought for democracy, freedom, justice, racial equality and reconciliation. A true son of Africa, a Pan-Africanist, nationalist, charismatic orator, thinker and African statesman.
During his lifetime, Mandela inspired the world and his legacy lives on. Madiba’s legacy continues to inspired social justice and human rights activists across the world and his vision for a just, non-racial and equal society is shared by many.
As we celebrate what would have been Mandela’s birthday today, we look at some important moments in Madiba’s life captured on camera.
File photo of South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album the original was by Alf Khumalo. Photo: ANP
Eight men, among them ANC leader Nelson Mandela, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria 16 June 1964 with their fists raised in defiance through the barred windows of the prison car. The eight men were accused of conspiracy, sabotage and treason. Photo: ANP
A picture taken on February 11, 1990 shows Nelson Mandela (C) and his then-wife Winnie raising their fists and saluting cheering crowd upon Mandela’s release from the Victor Verster prison near Paarl. Photo: ANP/AFP Alexander Joe
Nelson Mandela, President of South African African National Congress (C) and South African President Frederik de Klerk (R) display 09 December 1993 in Oslo their Nobel Prizes after being awarded jointly for their work to end apartheid peacefully. Photo: ANP/AFP Gerard Julien
South Africa president Nelson Mandela wipes his eyes as he addresses the 49th gathering of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York. This is Mandela’s first address to the UN as president of South Africa’s new multi-racial democracy. Photo: ANP
A file photo taken on June 24, 1995 shows South African President Nelson Mandela congratulating South Africa’s rugby team captain Francois Pienaar before handing him the Webb Ellis Cup after the 1995 Rugby World Cup final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Photo: ANP/AFP Jean-Pierre Muller
A file picture dated 24 June 1995 shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok rugby jersey, as he waves to the crowds at the 1995 Rugby World Cup final at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: ANP/EPA/Str
A file picture dated 27 March 1998 shows Nobel Peace Prize winner and iconic political prisoner Nelson Mandela (L) and US president Bill Clinton (R) looking out the jail cell window, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island, South Africa. Photo: ANP/EPA/Scott Applewhite
South African President Nelson Mandela chips a rock 10 February 1995 in the quarry where he endured hard labour for 12 of his 19 years in South Africa’s notorious prison on Robben Island prison off the coast of Cape Town. He spent here 19 of his 27 years in jail. Photo: ANP
A file picture dated on 04 April 2006 shows former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (L) and his wife Graca Machel (R) wave after bidding farewell to German President Horst Koehler and his wife Eva at their home in Maputo, Mozambique. Photo: ANP/EPA/Wolfgang Kumm