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Last page of Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock

In the Rivonia Trial Mr Mandela chose, instead of testifying, to make a speech from the dock and proceeded to hold the court spellbound for more than four hours. His speech, which was made at the beginning of the defence case, ended with the words:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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A chief's son. Pioneer. Revolutionary. Prisoner. Statesman. Elder.

Few modern-day world leaders are revered as much as Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Then again, few can lay claim to a life like Mandela's. His father had a premonition when he granted his son the birth name, Rolihlahla — which roughly translates to "pull a tree branch" or, colloquially, "troublemaker."

Mandela's legacy encompasses innumerable accomplishments that changed nations. Scroll through to see 10 defining moments.