Nelson Mandela Foundation

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999 to promote Mandela's vision of freedom and equality for all.[1] The chairman is professor Njabulo Ndebele of the University of Cape Town.[2]


The vision of Nelson Mandela Foundation is to contribute to build a society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.[3]


The foundation was created in 1999 by Nelson Mandela when he stepped down as the President of South Africa.[4]

In 2012, the foundation broke its apolitical role by criticizing Jacob Zuma for weakening the state institutions.[5]

Following Robert Mugabe's attacks towards the legacy of Nelson Mandela in 2017, the Foundation struck back by asking Mugabe to base his accusations on facts.[6]

Annual Lecture[edit]