Remembering Madiba's conviction

A file picture of Nelson Mandela in 1961. Picture: AFP.
On 7 November 1962 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela began serving an arduous yet symbolic jail term. His grandson Ndaba Mandela tells the story.
JOHANNESBURG – Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's five-year conviction.

On this day in 1962, Mandela was convicted for leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to go on strike.

During the trial, Madiba admitted to all the things he had done.

While in prison, the world icon was convicted on a sabotage charge and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In total, Mandela served a sentence of 27 years before he was released from prison in February 1990.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)