Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid leader and former South African president’s rise to prominence coincided with the birth of the international television news industry and through his career as an activist and politician Mandela sat down for several inspiring interviews with media giants. Below is a look at some of the most powerful moments from those interviews.
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1961 with ITN
One year before he was arrested, a 42-year-old Mandela gave his first-ever television interview to ITN. Speaking from an underground hideout, Mandela said that he people wanted "political independence" and insisted that there is "room for all the various races in this country."
1990 with Ted Koppel
Mandela sat down with
on ABC News' Ted Koppel Nightline on February 15th, 1990, just four days after he was released from Victor Verster Prison. Koppel began by saying many people would look back at 27 years behind bars and say "what a waste."
While Mandela said he "regretted" those years, he also said it gave him the "opportunity to think about problems" and to "reflect on my mistakes."
1994 with Dan Rather
During his 1994 campaign for the South African presidency, Mandela appeared on CBS News with
from Cape Town. Mandela hailed the "progress" has country had made from it's violent past to the upcoming free elections.
In the same CBS segment, Rather spoke to F. W. de Klerk, who preceded Mandela as South Africa's president and said he did not regret taking the necessary steps that led to the end of the apartheid era and Mandela's eventual election.
2000 with Oprah Winfrey
Nelson Mandela visited
The Oprah Winfrey Show in the year 2000 after he had stepped down at president of South Africa. He described to had he "insisted" on dignity while in prison. Later, Winfrey reflected on how difficult it was to get Mandela to admit how big of a role he played in the anti-apartheid movement.
2008 with CNN
Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday with CNN, which brought a camera crew to his home to capture the celebration. "I'm happy that I'm still alive," he said. Looking back on his life, he said he wished he could have spent more time with his family but said he did not have any "regrets" because the work that he did "pleased my soul."
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