Treated as a national hero, Mandela will remain in the public memory in South Africa as the most prominent anti-apartheid revolutionary. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. It was enough time to change The Constitution, to make the first steps to combat poverty and to expand health care services.
During his life and struggle, involved in anti-colonial politics, he was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities. He served 27 years in prison accused of sabotage and of trying to overthrow the government and an international campaign was developed for his release.
His revolutionary attitude anti-colonial and anti-apartheid has been internationally recognized. In 1993 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Among over 250 other awards he has received too the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.
On Sunday evening, the actual South African President Jacob Zuma has visited Mandela to the hospital.