Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures

With his passing on Dec. 5, PEOPLE looks back at the amazing life of South Africa's legendary leader


During his time in Johannesburg, Mandela meets 20-year-old social worker Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela. "I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight," he wrote in his 1994 autobiography. "But I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife." He divorces Evelyn in 1955 and marries Winnie three years later, welcoming daughters with her in 1958 and 1960.

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