dipeman00555 .Personality. Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa on April 21, 1994 at a pre-election rally in Durban days before the historic democratic election on April 27, 1994 in South Africa. Mr Mandela became the first black democratic elected president in South Africa. He retired from office after one term in June 1999. .©Per-Anders Pettersson/ iAfrika Photos.