Nelson Mandela

Why did Nelson Mandela go to jail?

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2015-07-08 10:13:42

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.

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2010-08-02 13:55:39

He was one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe, which was the

military wing of the ANC and responsible for acts of violence and


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