Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s successful end to racist repression in South Africa, by becoming the first black president to head the executive branch and also the first to be elected by universal suffrage in that nation.
“Nelson Mandela was officially elected yesterday as the first black president of South Africa, by unanimous decision of the new parliament, composed of various factions, including former political prisoners and members of the regime that imprisoned him,” began the cable issued on May 9th , 1994 by the UPI Agency from Cape Town, in that country on the African continent.
That historic day, after being elected with 62 percent support in the votes, “Mandiba”, as he was affectionately known by his people, greeted the 50 thousand people who had gathered to cheer him from the same balcony he had made his appearance when recovering the freedom of the prison where he spent 27 years imprisoned for opposing the oppressive regime.
In his first public speech after the parliamentary session, Mandela said he made a commitment to achieve peace and said his government would work to offer a better life to South Africans.
The man who for many decades was a symbol of the battle against racial segregation accepted the highest political office in his country and from that moment he becomes an icon of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence between races.
He was one of the most admired political and social leaders in the world; Proof of this was his multitudinous funeral, after his death on December 5th , 2013.