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First known Nelson Mandela’s TV interview uncovered (VIDEO)

First known Nelson Mandela’s TV interview uncovered (VIDEO)The first known television interview with Nelson Mandela, South Africa's late anti-apartheid leader, was revealed these days.

The 24-second video is believed to be filmed in 1956 during the "Treason Trial," which ended in 1961 with the acquittal of Mandela and dozens of others on charges of treason.

In the footage Mandela, sporting a beard and wearing a suit and tie, stands before a plain wall in what is said to be the Old Synagogue in Pretoria.

"From the very beginning, the African National Congress set itself the task of fighting against white supremacy. We have always regarded as wrong for one racial group to dominate another racial group. And from the very beginning the African National Congress has fought, without hesitation, against all forms of racial discrimination and we shall continue to do so until freedom is achieved," Mandela said in the footage.

Before the footage was discovered, the thought was that Mandela had not been interviewed for television until 1962.



Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to promote racial reconciliation in his racially scarred nation. The leader died in 2013 aged 95.
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