SA celebrates 26th anniversary of Madibas release from prison
Today marks exactly 26 years since former President Nelson Mandela walked out of prison.
JOHANNESBURG - Today marks exactly 26 years since formerPresident Nelson Mandelawalked out of prison.
Mandelawas released in 1990 afterbeing incarcerated for 27 years.
The Nelson Mandela Foundations Sello Hatanghas urged South Africans to continue Madibas legacy of deepening democracy.
I think if theres one thing South Africans can take from Madibas legacy is service. At the time when he came out of prison he said hes here to service and he did exactly that.
WATCH: Nelson Mandela walks out of prison
After becoming president in 1989, FW de Klerk was set on ending apartheid and in February 1990 ordered for the release of Mandela.
He walked side-by-side with his then wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, to greet hundreds of supports and South Africans outside the Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl.
They both made their way to Cape Towns City Hall where Madiba gave his first speech; its estimated he addressed a crowd of about 50,000 people.
WATCH: Nelson Mandelas first speech after his release
At the time of his release, Mandela was the deputy-president of the African National Congress, and after his release he was elected president of the party.
He later served a five-year term from 1994 when South Africa held its first democratic elections, before retiring in 1999.