Farewell, beloved Madiba, you loved and were loved by your country – Mandela died 5 December 2013

Rolihlahla (“Troublemaker”) Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918, died 5 December 2013)
A brief photo record of one special life lived.

Young Mandela, circa 1937

Young Mandela, circa 1937

Nelson Mandela marries Evelyn in 1944

Nelson Mandela marries Evelyn in 1944

A young Nelson Mandela

A young Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela in the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys c. Early 50s.

Nelson Mandela in the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys c. Early 50s.

Here we see Mandela with his children in a photograph by Alf Kumalo

Here we see Mandela with his children in a photograph by Alf Kumalo

A photograph of Nelson Mandela taken on the roof of a Johannesburg building for the Drum magazine.  Mandela was a keen boxer and used it as part of his fitness regimen even in prison.

A photograph of Nelson Mandela taken on the roof of a Johannesburg building for the Drum magazine in 1953. Mandela was a keen boxer and used it as part of his fitness regimen even in prison.

Nelson Mandela seen leaving the court in 1956 during the first Treason Trial

Nelson Mandela seen leaving the court in 1956 during the first Treason Trial

Nelson and Winnie at their wedding in 1958

Nelson and Winnie at their wedding in 1958

Nelson Mandela burning his 'dompas' in 1960

Nelson Mandela burning his ‘dompas’ in 1960

One of the last photographs taken of Nelson Mandela before his long incarceration

One of the last photographs taken of Nelson Mandela before his long incarceration

Statue of Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli to mark the place where he was captured in 1962

Statue of Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli to mark the place where he was captured in 1962

Robben Island with Table Mountain in the background.

Robben Island with Table Mountain in the background.

Prisoner 466 of 1964

Prisoner 466 of 1964

Free Mandela graffiti. Image dated 1966

Free Mandela graffiti.

A rare and illegal picture of Nelson Mandela repairing his clothes in prison on Robben Island in 1966.

A rare and illegal picture of Nelson Mandela repairing his clothes in prison on Robben Island in 1966.

   Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, which is simply titled 'A prisoner in the garden' in the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government (Photo: National Archives, Nelson Mandela Foundation)


Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, which is simply titled ‘A prisoner in the garden’ in the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government (Photo: National Archives, Nelson Mandela Foundation)

An undated prison picture from Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

An undated prison picture from Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

Zindzi Mandela, together with other students, protests in 1985 for Nelson Mandela's freedom.

Zindzi Mandela, together with other students, protests in 1985 for Nelson Mandela’s freedom.

1985 Hang Nelson Mandela poster from England

1985 Hang Nelson Mandela poster from England

1986 Berlin, Free Nelson Mandela activism

1986 Berlin, Free Nelson Mandela activism

By 1989 Mandela's prison conditions were a private house complete with a swimming pool and white servants.  Here he is with his chef Jack  Swart

By 1989 Mandela’s prison conditions were a private house complete with a swimming pool and white servants. Here he is with his chef Jack
Swart

Nelson Mandela freed on 11 February 1990

Nelson Mandela freed on 11 February 1990

Nelson Mandela goes free

Nelson Mandela goes free

Mandela is greeted by thousands of people in Harlem on 21 June 1990

Mandela is greeted by thousands of people in Harlem on 21 June 1990

Nelson Mandela and Arnold Schwarzenegger light a flame on Robben Island for the Special Olympics in 1991.

Nelson Mandela and Arnold Schwarzenegger light a flame on Robben Island for the Special Olympics in 1991.

Nelson Mandela and Yassar Arafat 1992

Nelson Mandela and Yassar Arafat 1992

Nelson Mandela spoke at the United Nations in 1990 but he was only removed from their list of terrorists in 2008.

Nelson Mandela spoke at the United Nations in 1990 but he was only removed from their list of terrorists in 2008.

1992, the University bestows an honorary doctorate on Nelson Mandela.  This is only one of many universities to do so.

1992, the University bestows an honorary doctorate on Nelson Mandela. This is only one of many universities to do so.

Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize

Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize

Nelson Mandela thanks the SADF for their assistance during his presidential campaign in 1994.

Nelson Mandela thanks the SADF for their assistance during his presidential campaign in 1994.

Nelson Mandela casts his vote in 1994.

Nelson Mandela casts his vote on 27 April 1994.

Nelson Mandela during his inauguration as President in May 1994

Nelson Mandela during his inauguration as President in May 1994

In 1994 Nelson Mandela revisited Robben Island where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.  Here he is staring out of the window of his former cell.

In 1994 Nelson Mandela revisited Robben Island where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Here he is staring out of the window of his former cell.

Madiba's Presidency

Madiba’s Presidency

Nelson Mandela presents the Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995.

Nelson Mandela presents the Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995.

Nelson Mandela with his grandson in 1996.

Nelson Mandela with his grandson in 1996.

Mandela and Queen Elizabeth ride in a carriage outside Buckingham Palace on the first day of a state visit to Britain, 9 July 1996

Mandela and Queen Elizabeth ride in a carriage outside Buckingham Palace on the first day of a state visit to Britain, 9 July 1996

Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson when the latter visited South Africa in 1996.

Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson when the latter visited South Africa in 1996.

The Presidency of Nelson Mandela

The Presidency of Nelson Mandela

South African President Nelson Mandela (L) leads Pope John Paul II for talks as they met at the Vatican June 18, 1998

South African President Nelson Mandela (L) leads Pope John Paul II for talks as they met at the Vatican June 18, 1998

Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 1998.

Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 1998.

Nelson Mandela and Naomi Campbell in 1998.

Nelson Mandela and Naomi Campbell in 1998.

Nelson Mandela with his wife, Graca Machel.  They married on his 80th birthday in 1998.

Nelson Mandela with his wife, Graca Machel. They married on his 80th birthday in 1998.

Nelson Mandela, commemorative stamp

Nelson Mandela, commemorative stamp

Nelson Mandela in London with Duke of Gloucester after being invested as a Knight of St John

Nelson Mandela in London with Duke of Gloucester after being invested as a Knight of St John

President Mandela offers his seat to President Elect  Thabo Mbeki, 14 June 1999

President Mandela offers his seat to President Elect Thabo Mbeki, 14 June 1999

Nelson Mandela visits a holocaust centre in 1999.  The floor is made up of 6 million mosaic tiles.

Nelson Mandela visits a holocaust centre in 1999. The floor is made up of 6 million mosaic tiles.

Nelson Mandela, a 2000 painting by Liam Yeates.

Nelson Mandela, a 2000 painting by Liam Yeates.

2001 Mandela receiving an honorary doctorate from the Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

2001 Mandela receiving an honorary doctorate from the Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey turn the sod for her Academy for Girls in 2002

Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey turn the sod for her Academy for Girls in 2002

The Nelson Mandela Bridge was opened in 2003.  It spans 43 railway lines.

The Nelson Mandela Bridge was opened in 2003. It spans 42 railway lines.

Nelson Mandela on stage in Cape Town in 2003 at an AIDS fundraising concert.

Nelson Mandela on stage in Cape Town in 2003 at an AIDS fundraising concert.

Statue of Nelson Mandela, 2004, Sandton Square now renamed Nelson Mandela Square

Statue of Nelson Mandela, 2004, Sandton Square now renamed Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela announces that his son has died of AIDS on 6 January 2005

Nelson Mandela announces that his son has died of AIDS on 6 January 2005

Statue of Nelson Mandela by Ian Walters on Parliament Square, Westminster, London 2007

Statue of Nelson Mandela by Ian Walters on Parliament Square, Westminster, London 2007

Nelson Mandela 2008

Nelson Mandela 2008

Nelson Mandela spends his 90th birthday at home with his grandchildren. 2008

Nelson Mandela spends his 90th birthday at home with his grandchildren. 2008

Jacob Zum, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki  on Mandela's 90th birthday.

Jacob Zum, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki on Mandela’s 90th birthday.

Nelson Mandela at the World Cup in 2010 with his wife, Graca Machel.

Nelson Mandela at the World Cup in 2010 with his wife, Graca Machel.

Nelson Mandela with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the World Cup Final Party in 2010.  This was the last time that the former president appeared in public.

Nelson Mandela with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the World Cup Final Party in 2010. This was the last time that the former president appeared in public.

Michelle Obama with Nelson Mandela in 2011

Michelle Obama with Nelson Mandela in 2011

One person's impression of the 2012 furore over The Spear

One person’s impression of the 2012 furore over The Spear

New bank notes replace the Big Five theme in 2012 - these are nicknamed the "Randelas".

New bank notes replace the Big Five theme in 2012 – these are nicknamed the “Randelas”.

Late picture of a frail Nelson Mandela released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation 2013

Late picture of a frail Nelson Mandela released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation 2013

2013 still from a TV broadcast which caused an outraged uproar from people who believe our beloved Madiba has earned the right to be left in peace.

2013 still from a TV broadcast which caused an outraged uproar from people who believe our beloved Madiba has earned the right to be left in peace.

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, visits her father at the Pretoria Medicare Heart Clinic in June 2013.

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, visits her father at the Pretoria Medicare Heart Clinic in June 2013.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, visits him in hospital in June 2013

The family of Nelson Mandela have been summoned from all over the world. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, visits him in hospital in June 2013

2013 Wall of Well Wishes for Madiba

2013 Wall of Well Wishes for Madiba

2013 The Salvation Army sings hymns outside the Pretoria Heart Hospital.

2013 The Salvation Army sings hymns outside the Pretoria Heart Hospital.

2013 Mandela Day Celebrations take place all over the world.  This is Times Square, New York

2013 Mandela Day Celebrations take place all over the world. This is Times Square, New York

The Aging Process, one of the beautiful picture collages of Mandela released as part of the national mourning after he died/

The Aging Process, one of the beautiful picture collages of Mandela released as part of the national mourning after he died/

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7 Responses to Farewell, beloved Madiba, you loved and were loved by your country – Mandela died 5 December 2013

  1. Dave says:

    Nelson Mandela lived a very long and noteworthy life. His work on earth is done. God Rest His Soul.

  2. Xolani Makwedini says:

    Nice work, I will advise you to do the same for Robert Sobukwe. Do more research on him

  3. Johan says:

    Your date of Mandela’s death is not correct!

  4. Steve says:

    Thanks very much for this record. It was forbidden for so long to publish photos of him that by the time he came out of prison many of us had forgotten what he looked like when he went in.

  5. DarkDippy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Today I was at the new Mandela exhibit at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and was so overwhelmed with emotion. He was an amazing man who so fully lived his purpose with so much honour and heart. I never felt so honoured to be South African as I did today, immersed in his story.

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