Q.12 :- What does Mandela mean when he says he is “simply the sum of all those African patriots” who had gone before him?
As Mandela was carrying forward the baton of the freedom struggle, he was also carrying the legacy of leaders of yesteryears. In a baton race the new runner simply carries forward the work done by his predecessors. This is what Nelson Mandela was doing. That is what he was trying to convey by making this statement.