I have always been a massive fan of Tata Madiba, or Nelson Mandela, as most non-South Africans will know him. I am amazed that someone who was imprisoned for 27 years, (yes, 27!) and made to perform menial tasks – like chipping away at limestone on Robben Island, off Cape Town’s coast, was not a much angrier man when he left prison. However, when Nelson was released from his imprisonment, by the white South African government there was no hatred or war. In fact, our white President at the time, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were both awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for the peaceful transition that there was from a white to a black government.
South Africa was the only African country to not endure a Civil War when the government changed from the colonial powers to an African ruled system. For this I thank Mister Mandela as my life, and the lives of those around me, would look very different if we had gone through a civil war.