Nelson Mandela first interview in 1961. #RIPNelsonMandela

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

While in prison, Mandela was highly skilled at secretly passing notes. During his incarceration on infamous Robben Island, Mandela and the other prisoners would communicate by leaving notes in discarded matchboxes, under piles of dirty dishes, and taped in toilet tanks. Using these methods, Mandela and the other prisoners organized a huge strike and succeeded in their effort to improve their living conditions.

In 1985 South African President P.W. Botha offered Mandela his freedom if he would agree to renounce armed struggle. He refused, saying, “What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.”

Immediately after his release from prison on February 11, 1990, Mandela urged supporters to increase pressure on South Africa’s white minority government, and called on the international community to maintain its sanctions. ”Now is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts,” he told the massive crowd. ”To relax our efforts now would be a mistake which generations to come will not able to forgive.”

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