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1. Nelson (Rolihlahla). born 1918, Black South African statesman: president of South Africa (1994--99). Jailed in 1962 for 5 years and, in 1964, for life, he was released in 1990 after a long international campaign; deputy president of the African National Congress (1990--91) and president (1991--97); elected president of South Africa in 1994; Nobel peace prize jointly with F. W. de Klerk in 1993
2. (Numzano) Winnie. born 1934, Black South African political activist: campaigned for the release of her husband Nelson Mandela; they divorced in 1996