And Nelson Mandela was never incarcerated
Nelson Mandela is a South African politician who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.
- Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
- In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Mandela went on to serve 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island.
- Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994.
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