We have achieved a lot over the last 20 years, the anti-apartheid veteran says, but the most important thing is that we have gained our dignity. "You can have all the wealth in the world, but if you have no dignity, you have nothing."
Nelson Mandela has devoted a great deal of his time and resources since his release from prison to improving the lives of children around the world, but particularly in South Africa. He has given his own salary and prize money, and set up the Children's Fund to help the younger, more vulnerable members of society.
• The women in Madiba's life
On 11 July 1963 a raid by apartheid police on a small farm outside Johannesburg eventually led to decades of imprisonment for the leaders of South Africa’s liberation movement – including the country’s future president, Nelson Mandela.