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Select and explain the most important turning points in Nelson Mandelas life.

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Question 1. Select and explain the most important turning points in Nelson Mandela's life. A turning point in someone's life is an important time and a time where things come to a change. Nelson Mandela is a very important figure in South Africa's recent history which is why the turning points in his life are very important for South Africa as a country and its history. I will be examining the most important turning points in Nelson Mandela's life in which I will be talking about the Sharpeville Massacre and the effects that had on Mandela himself, the Rivionia trials; the negotiations around his release from prison; the CODESA negotiations and the 1994 elections in which he became president. As I look at all these factors in Mandela's life I will also be picking up on other things which were a turning point in his life. Mandela arrives in Johannesburg in 1941 and sees the differences between Black and White people. He is very shocked and wants to do something about it. ...read more.


The aims of this group were to sabotage government property. This was a very important turning point in his life because he had changed his beliefs. He went from peaceful to violence. Although he was not immediately successful, he put the government under a lot of pressure and it raised the profile of the campaign. The violence led to many other important events. Mandela had chosen a new path in life which was a turning point for the country as well as him. The next turning point I will be talking about is Rivionia and imprisonment. A very big turning point in Mandela life is when he gets arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela's arrest and later his trials at Rivionia may have seemed like his defeat but in the long term proved him to be victorious. Mandela refused to renounce his principals and his powerful closing speech convinced people of his conviction. He talked about the type of South Africa he was ready to die for, where people of any colour are all equal. ...read more.


In November 1993 the government reached to an agreement that on 27th April 1994 the country will have its first free democratic elections. Because of Mandela's strong attitude he was respected by all groups, which helped the ANC to win a big majority and make him president. Once Mandela became president he refused to give into hatred and bitterness and refused to use violence to take revenge. He made new aims which agreed to reconciliation between different racial groups and equality for all. Nelson Mandela's victory meant Black and White South Africans could unite behind one president that they all had immense respect for. This turning point in Mandela's life was the first step to helping South Africa solve the problems of its past. Every turning point in Nelson Mandela's life was one step closer to ending Apartheid in South Africa. Each point was important in its own way. The most important being the point when he became president because that assured his victory and the end to Apartheid. Though this may not have been possible if all the other turning points which helped Mandela gain the peoples support were nonexistent. ?? ?? ?? ?? History- The Apartheid state and the struggle against it. ...read more.

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