Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela.
Our archivists and researchers have compiled a chronology of important events in Nelson Mandela's life.
Trials and prisons chronology
Nelson Mandela was arrested on several occasions and stood trial four times. He spent over 27 years in prison. Our archivists and researchers have assembled dates and locations of transfers and time spent in confinement.