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Nelson Mandela Speech

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English Speech Nelson Mandela went from being a prisoner to a president. He also united a nation. However, this wouldn't have been possible if not for his extraordinary ability to positively influence people. He started by winning over his jail wardens in prison, and then went on to become one of the most influential leaders this world has ever seen. It is this remarkable personality that I am going to talk about. In order to influence anything, Mandela had to make contact with the white leaders. His first opportunity came in 1985, when it was planned that he should talk with Kobie Coetsee, the man with the world's most contradictory job description: "minister of justice" of South Africa. Now, in his years in jail, Mandela had read all about the Afrikaans history and had learnt their language. Now he could put this knowledge to good use by speaking to the minister in his own language. Coetsee was instantly impressed and Mandela soon found himself in his own cell. ...read more.


The next meeting would take place outside the prison grounds, with Mandela dressed in a suit. These secret meetings with the president inevitably meant that he was soon transferred from a cell, to a large house. This shows us that although Mandela was seen as the opposition, he was respected by the Afrikaners he came into contact with. When he finally meets Botha, who was known to be a very difficult man, he puts him at ease with his frank smile and stately manner, and by speaking to him in Afrikaans. Mandela was soon released from prison and following his release came the general elections. Under the new system of "one man, one vote" Mandela of course came into power because he had the support of such a huge part of the population. The necessity to win over individuals ceased and he now needed to win over the population as a whole. ...read more.


This must have convinced the Afrikaners that he was completely behind their team. South Africa was playing New Zealand at home. 5 minutes before kick off he stepped out onto the field wearing the jersey and the cap he'd been given to shake hands with each of the players. At first the crowd went silent, and then they began to chant Nelson! Nelson! which is amazing because most of the crowd was made up of white people. South Africa went on to beat New Zealand and following the win the country was transformed. His support for the world cup had helped to unite a divided country; it had made a nation. On presenting the trophy to Pienaar he said "Francois, thank you very much for what you have done for our country. And Francois replied "No, Mr President, thank you very much for what you have done for our country. Mandela respected people, even his presumed enemies, and by getting to know the people underneath, they respected and followed him. He made the new South Africa what it was. ...read more.

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