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The Life of Nelson Mandela

Accused of treason

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Accused of treason

Mandela became a well known anti-apartheid activist and leader in the African National Congress. He and nine other men were accused of conspiracy, sabotage and treason in 1964 for activities related to the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), a branch of the ANC focused on armed struggle against the white minority government. In this photo, the defendants raise their fists in defiance through the windows of the prison car.

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, credited with ending apartheid there, died Dec. 5, 2013. He was 95 years old. Read more about his life.

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