(1918- ) the leader of South Africa's ANC party since 1994, and the first black President of South Africa. Mandela was in prison from 1964 to 1990 for his opposition to the country's white government. In 1993 he shared the Nobel Prize for Peace with President F. W. de Klerk after they had worked together to end the system ofapartheid.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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