Video: This is Nelson Mandela's first television interview from 1961 when he was a young activist in the African National Congress. Mr Mandela joined the ANC in 1943 where he campaigned against apartheid. Initially the campaigns were peaceful, but in the 1960s the ANC began to advocate violence. Mr Mandela was arrested for sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. He was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from racial segregation leading to the first multi-racial elections in 1994. Mr Mandela served a single term as president before stepping down in 1999. After leaving office, he became a high-profile ambassador for South Africa, campaigning against HIV and Aids, promoting peace around the world and helping to secure the country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup. After months of poor health, Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home on the 5th December 2013, aged 95.
Nelson Mandela's first TV interview in 1961 by ITN reporter Brian Widlake