A 1951 photograph of Nelson Mandela with his son Makgatho (born in 1950) on his lap and his first-born son Thembekile (born in 1946) sitting beside him. Both sons were to die tragically. Them bi died in a car accident in July 1969 while Mandela was in prison on Robben Island. The authorities would
not grant him permission to attend the funeral. Makgatho died of AIDS in 2005. With characteristic courage and openness, his
father did not try to conceal the cause of his death from the public.