Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary as well as a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election.
His administration replaced the racist white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people in a policy known as apartheid.
Mr Mandela went on to become one of the world’s most respected statesmen.
One of our authors, Iain Whyte, shares Nelson Mandela’s humanitarian intersts and has been a long active member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and even had Mendela’s friend Desmond Tutu write the forword to his first book. His last book, Send Back the Money! engages with issues of oppression and makes analogies between the Atlantic slave trade and the Apartheid years. Find out more below:
The Free Church of Scotland and American Slavery
By Iain Whyte
An insightful investigation of Scotland’s role in the abolition of slavery, focusing on a little-recognised episode in which the Free Church of Scotland became split over the the acceptance of financial aid from the slave states of America.