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Late Nelson Mandela Was On The US Terrorist Watch-List Until 2008



The former South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away Thursday evening at the age of 95 remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008, when then President George W. Bush signed a bill removing his name from it. 

Then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the restrictions a "rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela." 

South Africa's apartheid regime designated Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) as a terrorist organization for its battle against the nation's legalized system of racial segregation that lasted from 1948 to 1994.

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