Nelson Mandela was one of the founding leaders of a political group known as the African National Congress. He was devoted to peaceful demonstrations, but eventually turned to violence. The ANC and MK (Guerrilla forces) planned to sabotage key strategic locations and civilian buildings in their "fight for freedom". Basically Mandela can be defined as a modern-day terrorist. In fact, Margaret Thatcher the British Prime Minister, issued this statement during 1987. "The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation. Anyone who thinks they will rule South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land". So, Nelson was convicted of treason (trying to derail the government), and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
When he was released in 1990, he rallied support for black African rights, privileges and better opportunities. He believed in racial equality and a unified nation with laws that benefited everyone. Discussions began with the white Prime Minister F.W De Klerk about how the Apartheid situation could be rectified. Rebellion and international pressure forced change - Mandela being the "historical figure" who encouraged this alteration of society. In the end, he became the first black South-African Prime Minister in 1992. He introduced new rules which allowed blacks to be respected. However, many of his policies failed to lift the economy and caused extensive damage to South-African lifestyle. He arguably did more bad than good, but many people don't know the history that encompasses the aftermath of the election.