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Select and explain the most important turning points in Nelson Mandela's life In my opinion there were 6 major turning points in Nelson Mandel's life. I am going to explain what they are, why I chose them and the impact in which it had on his life. I am going to do this in the order of significance, starting form the least important and working my way up to the most important. On 10th may 1994, in the first multi-racial elections, Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in nearly three centuries. I classed this event as the least important of the 6 points because although it is important in the structure of his political life, it is not as important as some other events. This was the final turning point in Mandela's life because it was as if that, him becoming president was a tribute to his success and achievement for his people. He became president, 2 years after signing a constitution agreement with F.W de Klerk, which wiped out apartheid and introduced democracy. This was his goal for life and by then becoming president it was an added bonus to say thank you for giving up his life for his people. This also gave hard evidence that people admired him and thought of him as a hero. After moving to Johannesburg form Qunu in 1940 to study a law degree, Mandela soon realized the importance of skin colour. When he moved to Johannesburg he was treated badly by the whites, which put him out of his comfort zone of his hometown. He was treated inferior, made to live in shantytowns in the suburbs of the city and paid less than white people. This was a shock to Mandela and made him realise that he should do something about it because he didn't like him and his people being treated any different or inferior just because of their skin colour. ...read more.


The acts that got him imprisoned for 27 years were all to appeal and protest against apartheid and now that it was over, it was as if a massive weight had been lifted form his shoulders. He had now reached his goal for life and whatever lay ahead would be a bonus. On 20th April 1964, Nelson Mandela was brought to court for his acts of terrorism. He was charged with sabotage with the penalty of either death or life in prison. He then got sentenced to life imprisonment on a prison on Robben Island, just off the coast of South Africa. In my opinion, Nelson Mandela being sentenced to life imprisonment was the 3rd most important turning point in his life. This is because although Nelson Mandela done a lot of other political events during his life, this was the event that stood out all over the world. Countries such as the UK supported Mandela and done all they could to get him released throughout the whole 27 years he spent in prison. This was to the extent that a free Mandela concert was held in London in 1988 and it was broadcast around the globe. I classed this event as third most important because it played a huge role in why Mandela is respected nowadays in that people respect the fact that he gave up his life and his family to do things for his people which he knew would send him to prison. The impact I think this had was that so many people were involved and it had affected a large number of people al over the globe, Nelson Mandela's prison sentence will go down in history for centuries to come. In my list of 6 main turning points in Nelson Mandela's life I classed the exhibition of Sharpeville as the 2nd most important. On March 21st, 1960 an ordinary protest was organised to happen at a local police station in Sharpeville. ...read more.


The reason that he was offered his release for denouncing the arms struggle was because it was getting out of hand and the South African government had no choice but to start negotiating with Mandela. I think that this point is the most important turning point in Nelson Mandela's life because he had already been in prison on Robben Island for 21 years and away from his family. Any normal person who ahs been in prison for that long would do anything to get out and see their family. But not Mandela. He stuck by his guns and refused his release in which made him stay in prison for a further 6 years before finally being set free and able to see his family. I think that this point is most important because it shows how dedicated he was to getting the result for his people, that he wanted and how much that ending apartheid meant to him. He sacrificed 27 years of his life and seeing his children grow up just to get freedom for his people. I think this proves that Nelson Mandela is quite a remarkable man and deserves all the credit he gets. I chose this point to go at the top because although it is a point that is not as public as Sharpeville for example, it has significance in showing how Mandela was determined and done literally everything in his power to succeed. In conclusion, in an order of significance I think that the most important turning points in Nelson Mandela's life are 1. Refusing release from prison in return for denouncing arms struggle 2. Exhibition of Sharpeville 3. being sentenced to life imprisonment 4. signing a constitutional agreement with president F.W de Klerk 5. Joining the ANC 6. becoming president of South Africa By putting all of these six points together, Mandela's life is shown to take quite a lot of twists and turns but results in a good ending because South Africa now lives in a near enough peaceful land and it was mostly all due to Mr Nelson Mandela. Zoe Thomas ...read more.

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