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Oldest known TV footage of Mandela discovered

In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and treason. He spent 27 years in prison before his release in 1990, and in 1994 became president following South Africa's first multi-racial electionsResearchers have discovered footage believed to be the first television interview with former South African president Nelson Mandela, his memorial foundation said Thursday. The 24-second clip, which was filmed in the late 1950s during his four-and-a-half-year trial for treason, shows a young, bearded Mandela in a suit and tie. Standing in the capital Pretoria outside a synagogue which served as the trial courthouse, Mandela describes the aims of the African National Congress (ANC) that he led to eventual victory over apartheid rule.

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