Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy

Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | 1961 – Umkhonto weSizwe readies itself for armed resistance

In the lull that followed the Apartheid state’s embarrassment at the outcome of the Treason Trial, Nelson Mandela briefly became notorious in the media for travelling the length and breadth of the country disguised as a chauffeur, coordinating resistance and laying the groundwork for the Umkhonto weSizwe resistance organisation. The decision to embrace armed resistance was a major turning point for the ANC that marked a definitive break with the Luthuli era.