Mandela in a similary meditative mood as Gandhi

Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela appears to be in a similary meditative mood as Mahatma Gandhi depicted in painting at top on October 15, 1990 in New-Delhi where Mandela is on an official state visit. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/P. MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela has passed away at his home in Johannesburg at 95.

The anti-apartheid icon was elected President in 1994 after South Africa’s first multi-racial election. On February 11, 1990, then South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk lifted the 30-year-old ban on the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party, and Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Vester prison, near Cape Town, after spending 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner for his resistance to the largely white, ethnic-Afrikaner National Party’s apartheid policies.

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