South Africa Rejoins Commonwealth


This picture shows Queen Elizabeth with Nelson Mandela celebrating South Africa's return to the organisation after 33 years.

“The Commonwealth was proud to have been so closely associated with the cause of ending apartheid, for which Nelson Mandela sacrificed so many years of his life in prison. South Africa’s return to the Commonwealth family - under Mr Mandela’s leadership in 1994 - was a moment of joy and vindication, and one which has greatly enriched our association" - Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma. Image courtesy of David Alton


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