South Africa: Nelson Mandela is human after all

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Unseen writings of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, which are being sold this week, reveal a weaker side to the world icon. BBC states that in the archives, Mandela is shown criticizing himself over a “grave error of judgment” when he proposed lowering the voting age to 14. Mandela also shares how he was “not a bright student” at Wits University. The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is selling all the rights to the 100,000-word archive of notes, diaries and letters at the Frankfurt Book Fair, writes News24. “This resource is really a window into Nelson Mandela reflecting, he is not communicating to a particular audience it is him laying out his personal thoughts” said Mr. Verne Harries from NMF. The compilation shows Nelson Mandela “not as a saint or an icon, but as a person,” he added.

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