Sunday 20 January 2019

Sunday Snap – The Freedom Fighter

We were in London for last week's Sunday Snap of the Detective's Café. I asked which television series was filmed there and the answer is


Serving up a full English with the right answer were Sarah, Mary, Susan and Kara.

With another week of mayhem in politics I thought we would pay a visit to a statue of a politician seen by many as an inspiration. Born in 1918 he spent a lifetime fighting for the rights of black people in his native South Africa. After qualifying as a lawyer he joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944. Although racial segregation was already present then in South Africa once the National Party was elected in 1948 this was extended in all areas and given the name of apartheid.

He used his legal qualifications to set up South Africa's first black law practice in 1952. Not only did this specialise in cases resulting from the expansion of apartheid but also acted as a centre his political activism against apartheid. He became a focus of the authorities over the coming years and was arrested several times and jailed. After the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 when the police shot and killed 69 unarmed black protesters he decided to take a more militant stance. Subsequently the ANC were banned as illegal organisations. After fleeing abroad to obtain training in guerrilla warfare and sabotage he was arrested upon his return and sentenced to five years imprisonment. It was while serving this jail term he was put on trial again on charges of sabotage, treason and violent conspiracy. Once found guilty he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.

As South Africa's policy on apartheid continued the campaign to release him grew and grew. Finally on 11th February 1990 he became a free man after he was released by President de Klerk. He became president of the ANC in 1991 and together with de Klerk he brought an end to apartheid and established free elections. This led to him becoming president of the country's first multi-ethnic government in 1994.

He stepped down as president in 1999 but continued to campaign until ill-health finally forced him into retirement. He died in 2013 at the age of 95. This week's question is

Who is the freedom fighter?

We were joined last week by Susan and some January sunsets. Sara has also been snapping sunsets and starting a year of memories. Some flowers brought some winter colour for Sarah. On the wire fence Mary found a robin posing. Betty has been travelling the backroads and out and about in New Zealand. In Dorset Kara has been down to Holes Bay and on a bike ride. Finally, Jesh has been visiting a family of ducks.

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  1. His name is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. When I went to South Africa. I looked Robbeneiland where he was in jail. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a very easy one - Nelson Mandela. What an inspiration!

  3. I remember watching his walk to freedom on the TV, such an inspirational man - Nelson Mandela

  4. It is certainly Nelson Mandela.
    Thanks for hosting x

  5. I’m sure it’s Nelson Mandela. A wonderful inspiration xx


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