On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending 27 years behind bars. His time in incarceration was split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison.
Amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk signed an order granting Mandela’s release in 1990. Four years later, he became the 1ST black President of a democratic South Africa.
| JOI JOHN