Nelson Mandela

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans. He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.
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1995: The Rugby World Cup was first major sporting event to take place in South Africa after apartheid. Mandela presented winning trophy to Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain.

1995: The Rugby World Cup was first major sporting event to take place in South Africa after apartheid. Mandela presented winning trophy to Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain.

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans.    He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans. He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.

1992: The Anti-Apartheid Movement campaigned for removal of South Africa from the Olympic Games. In 1992, during the Spain summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the country was reinstated.

1992: The Anti-Apartheid Movement campaigned for removal of South Africa from the Olympic Games. In 1992, during the Spain summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the country was reinstated.

1998: Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisioner on Robben Island. He took Bill Clinton, former US president, on a tour of the island's prison in 1998.

1998: Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisioner on Robben Island. He took Bill Clinton, former US president, on a tour of the island's prison in 1998.

1996: For many black South Africans, the country's proudest sporting moment came when it won the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996.

1996: For many black South Africans, the country's proudest sporting moment came when it won the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996.

1962: Mandela led armed wing of African National Congress (ANC), in which he co-ordinated sabotage campaigns against government targets.

1962: Mandela led armed wing of African National Congress (ANC), in which he co-ordinated sabotage campaigns against government targets.

1990: Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990. One of the first people he met abroad was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader.

1990: Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990. One of the first people he met abroad was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader.

2004: In May 2004 Mandela held the World Cup trophy at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. By June that year, at age 85, he announced that he would be retiring from public life.

2004: In May 2004 Mandela held the World Cup trophy at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. By June that year, at age 85, he announced that he would be retiring from public life.

1993: South Africa's isolation in sport began in the 1950s and increased during the 1960s until being revoked in 1993. Mandela with manager of Manchester United, during South African tour.

1993: South Africa's isolation in sport began in the 1950s and increased during the 1960s until being revoked in 1993. Mandela with manager of Manchester United, during South African tour.

2010: The death of Mandela's great-granddaughter meant that he could not be at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But he was there with Graca Machel, his wife, for the closing ceremony. [EPA]

2010: The death of Mandela's great-granddaughter meant that he could not be at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But he was there with Graca Machel, his wife, for the closing ceremony. [EPA]

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