Nelson Mandela (1EMA) Group ②

by Karina's Students


Comic Panel 1
Gabriel Sato 
Gustavo  Benedetti
Luana Comazzetto
Ricardo Millan
Yasmin Haiek 
Born into a  family of tribal nobilty, in a small village in the hinterland where he was likely to hold a senior position, he refused this destiny  the age of 23 by moving to the capital, Johannesburg, and beginnig his political career. Moving from the rural hinterland to a rebellious life in college, he became a young lawyer in the capital and a leader of the non-violent resistence of youth, ending up as a defendant in an infamous treason trial. An outlaw, he later became the world's most famous prisioner and finally the most awarded politician in his lifetime, responsible for refounding his country as a multi-ethnic society.
Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo South Africa, on July 18, 1918. The son of a Xhosa tribal noble family, he was named Rolihiana Dlibhunnga Mandela. In 1925 he entered elementary school, where his teacher named him Neslon after Admiral Nelson, following custom of giving English names to all children attending school. At the age of nine, after the death of his father, Mandela was taken to the royal village, where he was in the care  of the regent of the Tambu people. Upon completing his elementary education he entered the preparatory school, Clakebury Boarding Instute, an exclusive college for blacks, where he studied Western culture. He then entered Healdtown College, where he was a boarder.
Nelson Mandela during his adult life studied law and joined the African National Congress. In 1944 he met and married Evelyn Mase and had his first child Madiba in the next year. In August 1953 Nelson opened a law firm in Johannesburg dealing with cases oof police brutality against blacks. Nelson had a second daughter, MakazwiePhumia in May 1954 but
separated with Evelyn shortly after. On the 5th of August 1962 Nelson was captured, arrested and charged for inciting workers strikes and leaving the country without permission. After a long trial Nelson and two of his friends were found guilty of sabotage. On the 2nd of February 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison and it was the first time photographs of him had been published in 20 years. After leaving jail, Nelson Mandela became more involved in politics and became the first black President of South Africa in 1994. He worked very hard at uniting the nation of South Africa to become what it is today. Nelson Mandela died on the 5th of December 2013 in Houghton Estate, South Africa and will always be remembered for the sacrifices he made and his ability to forgive.
Despite of being a man of politics who fought for democracy, equality and lerning, ironically, he just voted for the first time on April 1994. On May 1994 was elected as a South Africa’s first democratically elected President.
Mandela had a life with many challenges. The path he choose was never easy. Nevetheless, he was brave and he never answered racism with racism. And having won a Nobel Peace Prize is proof of that.
Nowadays, even before he died, Mandela is still a word reference about democracy and human rights. All his life is an inspiration to all who suffered and are opressed and, also, to all who are against opression, racism and deprivation.
Nelson Mandela formed and joined many organizations and alliances during his lifetime, he is a powerful symbol of resistance for the rising anti-apartheid movement, an example of dedication, courage and perseverance. He won a Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, with Frederik Willem de Klerk and was elected the first black president of South Africa, in 1994. Every year, since 2009, Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated, on July 18, his birthday, with the purpose to honor Mandela’s legacy and promote community service. Nelson Mandela is an example to never give up hope or give up, that violence is not the answer, to learn how to forgive, to fight for what you believe. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Apartheid means segregation in Afrikander, the
language spoken in South Africa. It means a
regime that was enforced in the period of 1948
until 1994. It has privileged a white people
minority over the black people population, once
the National Party was in power. The Apartheid
was used to have control over black people
workers who didn´t have labour rights and to
reduce black people´s rights to come and go, to
live where they wanted, to deny the right to
marry white people and so on. Black people
have turned into poor and hapless majority.
Because of protests the country went on a
period of violence against black people.
Nelson Mandela helped organized a
paramilitary group to fight the regime in 1960
and because of this, was sentenced to life in
prison. He was an inspiration for the movement
to end Apartheid, which finally happened with
international sanctions and continued protests,
not after too much violence.
In 1994, the National Party was defeated, and
Nelson Mandela became the president of the
country and ended Apartheid regime with a new

"No one is born hating another because of the color of their skin, or their origin, or their religion. To hate people need to learn, and if they learn to hate, they can be taught to love."
Comic Panel 1
Recently elected president, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) was aware that South Africa was still a racist country, economically divided as a result of apartheid. With the Rugby World Cup coming up, Mandela decided to use the sport to unite the population. He calls Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the South African team, to a meeting and encourages him to help the national team become champions.