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PAYING HOMAGE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a favourite of the media, visits the exhibition. 08/11/08. © Unknown.
PAYING HOMAGE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a favourite of the media, visits the exhibition. 08/11/08. © Unknown.

Fathima Asmal

Fathima Asmal

Recognition and honour was once again extended to former president Nelson Mandela yesterday with an exhibition about his life at the Apartheid Museum.

The museum in Ormonde, southern Johannesburg, launched the exhibition in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nelson Mandela Museum and Department of Education.

The exhibition, titled Mandela - Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman, revisits Mandela's life from birth to date, from being labelled a terrorist to being recognised as a freedom fighter.

It rejoices in the birth and development of the young man, bemoans the hardships forced on him during the apartheid years and celebrates the success of the democracy he helped initiate.

Speakers at the event included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Minister of Education Naledi Pandor, Kader Asmal and Apartheid Museum chairman John Kani.

Tutu said that one of the most important aspects of the exhibition was the ability to repeat history.

"It also shows that Mandela was not born a leader but became one through the apartheid situation, and this teaches youngsters that they are also capable of great things," Tutu said.

Each of the exhibition's seven themes is portrayed dramatically through photographs, original artefacts, films and visual wall displays.

It will be open to the public from today and will run until the end of November.

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