Royal reception: In this July 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela stands with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace in London for a state banquet in his royal visit.
Moral authority: In this Aug. 1996 file photo, the Dalai Lama, left, walks hand-in-hand with South African President Nelson Mandela prior to an official reception at the presidential office in Cape Town, South Africa.
Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela talk on Sept. at the presidential guest house in Pretoria. The pontiff visited Cameroon, South Africa, and Nairobi for the conclusion of the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.
“Eight men, among them anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria with their fists raised in defiance.
Two giants: Former South African President Nelson Mandela lands a "straight left" to the chin of former World Champion Muhammad Ali as South African Special Olympics Athlete Rofhiwa looks on in June 2003