"I heard some loneliness in his voice." Nelson Mandela's ghostwriter Richard Stengel discusses the lost tapes of their time writing..
President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.