06 December 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

#MadibaMagic: Nelson Mandela in pictures

While South Africa and the rest of the world mourn the loss of a great man, a great leader, and a remarkable human being, we are reminded that we must celebrate his life and continue the work he began.

Portrait of Mandela. Photo: INPRA/REX

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as 'Madiba' and often 'Tata', is known for his compassion and his key role in South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy. Here is a selection of images of this great and iconic son of South Africa.

Below is a picture of Mandela voting for the first time in his life in South Africa on 27 April 1994. Mandela voted at Ohlange High School in KwaZulu-Natal. This photo was actually a vote for photographers and was taken outside the school.

Madiba casting his first vote. Photo: INPRA/REX

On 10 May 1994 Mandela was elected by the South African Parliament as the first democratic president of the Republic of South Africa – a proud and moving moment in the hearts of South Africans.

Nelson Mandela: An icon in life and in death. Photo: INPRA/REX

Mandela will be remembered for his passion for the South African people, his commitment to South Africa and his determination to build 'a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world' (extract from Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech in 1994). Pictured below is Nelson Mandela and former President FW de Klerk who released Mandela from prison in 1990. The two former presidents shared the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993.

Former South African President FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Photo: INPRA/REX

An iconic moment in South African history, and a testament to Madiba's character, was when Nelson Mandela wore the jersey and cap of the national rugby team, the Springboks, at the 1995 Rugby World Cup that South Africa beat New Zealand in the final to win. His decision to wear these items in support of the 'Bokke' was one of many steps in uniting a previously divided nation.

Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photo: INPRA/REX

'Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free. Our thoughts are with his wife Mrs Graça Machel, his former wife Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with his children, his grand-children, his great grand-children and the entire family,' South African President Jacob Zuma said in a speech on Mandela's passing.

Graça Machel and Nelson Mandela. Photo: INPRA/REX

Below Nelson Mandela is pictured with his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, upon his release from prison in February 1990. This iconic photo represents one of the moments in South African history that helped shape this country into what it is today.

Nelson Mandela leaving prison, 1990. Photo: INPRA/REX

Madiba's love for children was legendary. He worked tirelessly to ensure that all children of this beautiful land would benefit from its riches and there are many photographs of his moving interactions with children. Madiba once said: 'There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.'

Mandela loved children. He once said that what he missed most while imprisoned on Robben Island was hearing the laughter of children. Photo: INPRA/REX

Madiba was welcomed by many people in various countries across the world, and as we celebrate his life and say our goodbyes we invite you to share your photos as you visit the various monuments erected to celebrate his legacy and to tell his story.

Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel at the 2010 Soccer World Cup final Photo: INPRA/REX

Re a leboga go menagane ('We offer you our deepest thanks'). What you have done for us cannot be described in words or through pictures; we will honour your legacy by continuing to create the South Africa you envisioned. Ulale ngoxolo, Tata ('Rest in Peace, Father).

Here are a couple of photos we love that have been shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group. Feel free to share your images with us, too.

Looking out to Robben Island from the top of Table, Mountain, Cape Town. Photo courtesy of Daniel Russell.
Bust of a statue of Mandela at Robben Island. Photo courtesy of Robin Denton.

Category: Culture & History

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