Former president of the Republic of South Africa.

Our favourite quotes from Chris Hani, OR Tambo, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Bantu Stephen Biko.

From 1948 till 1991 South Africa was crippled by apartheid which oppressed non-whites in the country. The apartheid area is regarded as the darkest time in the history of South Africa. Many unsung heroes lost their lives whilst fighting for equality, as the same of that of the founders of the racial segregation system.

Streets were painted with blood during the Soweto Uprising or Soweto Massacre (1976) and the Sharpeville Massacre (1960), it was during these watershed moments that the rest of the world was forced to sit up and take cognizant of the atrocities that plagued South Africa.

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Through their sacrifices Bantu Stephen Biko, Govan Mbeki, OR Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Chris Hani, Albert Luthuli and Albertina Sisulu to mention a few, were all responsible for the first democratic elections in South Africa on the 27 April 1994 which saw another icon in South African history Nelson Mandela elected as the first president of the country.

The film Mandela President airing Monday 4 December on History (DStv Channel 186) and on DStv Now at 19:20 will highlight all the events leading up to the election of the Nelson Mandela.

We look at inspirational quotes from some of the black consciousness leaders who played a huge role in the liberation of South Africa.

Bantu Stephen Biko

"The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity."

Oliver Reginald Tambo

"The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest."

Chris Hani

"We need to create the pathways to give hope to our youth that they can have the opportunity through education and hard work to escape the trap of poverty."

Robert Sobukwe

"There is only one race, the human race."

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 

"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

Don’t forget to tune in for Mandela President, Monday 4 December on History (DStv Channel 186) and DStv Now at 19:20.