(Current travelling exhibition)

The main objective of the joint exhibition between Chief Albert Luthuli and Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela was to highlight the links between the two leaders under the theme: leadership.

(2010 – Present)

The main objective of the joint exhibition between Chief Albert Luthuli and Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela was to highlight the links between the two leaders under the theme: leadership. The emphasis was to show the dynamic relationship which existed between the two, with Nelson Mandela as a protégé of Chief Albert Luthuli.

There are many other parallels between the two of them. They were both principled politically and they were outstanding leaders of their time. They were both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize with Luthuli receiving it in 1960 and Nelson Mandela becoming its co-recipient with President F.W. de Klerk in 1993. Luthuli and Mandela served as presidents of the ANC at very important points of this organisation’s life. Luthuli presided over this liberation movement at the time of its transition to the underground and armed struggle in the 1950s and1960s. Mandela became the president of the organisation after it had re-emerged from the underground and conditions of illegality and at the time of the cessation of hostilities between itself and the apartheid regime in the early 1990s.

Chief Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela tried hard to initiate talks to resolve the South African political conflict in the early 1960s, but it was Nelson Mandela who succeeded to lead the ANC through the negotiations which paved the way for the ushering in of a democratic dispensation from 1994 onwards. Both leaders propagated reconciliation and nation-building under conditions of utmost hostility on the part of the apartheid regime. The remarkable quality of their leadership was the absence of bitterness and revenge as they both strongly believed that their struggles for freedom and social justice were too noble to be tainted by such vices.