Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013), the South African 1993 Joint Nobel Peace Prize Winner who was during his lifetime both a prisoner and president of a nation, was laid to rest in a state funeral at his homestead in Qunu, Eastern Cape South Africa on Sunday, December 15, 2013. He was politically a democratic socialist and antiapartheid revolutionary. His government focused on decreasing the apartheid aftermath by decreasing institutionalized racism, poverty, and inequality. He served as President of South Africa from 1994-1999, President of the African National Congress from 1991-1997, and Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998-1999.
His efforts have been recognized nationally and internationally.
“The Nobel Peace Prize 1993 was awarded jointly to Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk ‘for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa’ ” per the Official Web Site of The Nobel Prize (“The Nobel Peace Prize 1993”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 14 Dec 2013. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1993/).
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