Nelson Mandela: the troublemaker

SOURCE: The fabric of dissent: public intellectuals in South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Bohler-Muller
SOURCE EDITOR(S): V.Reddy, N.Bohler-Muller, G.Houston, M.Schoeman, H.Thuynsma
KEYWORDS: APARTHEID, INTELLIGENTSIA, MANDELA, NELSON, RECONCILIATION
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11750
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15804
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15804

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Abstract

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is remembered equally for his single-minded determination and his commitment to reconciliation difficult qualities to balance. Throughout his long career as an activist, his incarceration, and his negotiations with the apartheid government, he refused to accept anything other than unqualified majority rule. But, once in power, he displayed a strong sense of fairness, reconciliation and forgiveness. It is this capacity to balance a firm mind with a compassionate heart that is his lasting legacy.