Why did Nelson Mandela go to jail?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sent to prison because he
advocated majority rule in South Africa, at a time when apartheid,
the separation of black Africans and whites, was the policy of the
ruling white minority there..
Nelson Mandela was sentenced after being found guilty in the
Rivonia Trial. The charges in this case were:
- recruiting persons for training in the preparation and use of
explosives and in guerrilla warfare for the purpose of violent
revolution and committing acts of sabotage
- conspiring to commit the aforementioned acts and to aid foreign
military units when they invaded the Republic,
- acting in these ways to further the objects of communism,
- soliciting and receiving money for these purposes from
sympathizers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Tunisia, and
The trial was condemned by the United Nations Security Council
and nations around the world, leading to international sanctions
against the South African government in some cases.