Ireland, Nelson Mandela and Irish Anti-Apartheid: The tangled path history weaves
Turning point in Irish perceptions of Apartheid South Africa was the Sharpeville massacre of 1960.
The Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement became, over the years, one of the most successful movement’s social movements against Apartheid.
In 1948 when the South African National Party instated Apartheid, the South African population was now officially categorized as white, black and colored.
|Apartheid South Africa|
sign in English and Afrikaans
The Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement (IAAM) was founded Kader Asmal in 1963 to support the Anti-Apartheid crusade of South Africa for freedom from the South African National Party established Apartheid laws.
|Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013|
Kader Asmal October 8, 1934-June 22, 2011
In 1983, there was discussion of awarding Nelson Mandela the esteemed Freedom of the City of Dublin which is the highest and most prestigious award the City of Dublin Ireland could bestow on an individual.
Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in September 1988, which, due to his incarceration, was accepted on behalf of his then wife Adelaide Tambo.
According to Dublin City, The Freedom of the City of Dublin is the highest and most prestigious award the City can bestow. The founder of the Home Rule Party, Isaac Butt, was the first person to receive the Honorary Freedom of Dublin in 1876.