Mandela biographer remembers the private side of Mandiba

Published on Dec  5, 2013

RT America

People around the world stopped to mourn the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday. The 95-year-old suffered from a recurring lung infection, and was last discharged from the hospital in September. Mandela was a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and became the country’s first black president after the country’s first post-apartheid election. Mandela served 27 years in prison for inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without permission. Once released, Mandela negotiated for the end of apartheid, South Africa’s system of racial segregation, and he spent the rest of his life focusing on the issues of institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality and fostering racial reconciliation. RT‘s Meghan Lopez speaks about the man known as “Mandiba” with Danny Schechter, who spent 40 years getting to know Mandela, made six documentaries about him…

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