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It was on this day in 1918 that one of South Africa’s great­est free­dom fighters, for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela, was born. He spent 27 years im­pris­oned un­der the apartheid govern­ment, and spent the ma­jor­ity of his time in cap­tiv­ity on the in­fa­mous Robben Is­land, near Cape Town. In 1994, Madiba be­came the first black pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of South Africa in the first demo­cratic elec­tions.

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