"He insisted on the rule of law"
Mandela was a lawyer, and lawyerly in his manner. Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell examines Mandela’s legacy in terms of South African governance and political freedom in a thoughtful Web post. Campbell writes:
He insisted on the rule of law. Apartheid may have been a crime against humanity, but there was no extralegal ‘revolutionary justice.’ Instead there was a Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the presidency of Archbishop Desmond Tutu that offered amnesty in return for confession to liberation fighters and members of the apartheid security services. Mandela assiduously observed the new constitution that enshrined the strongest protection of individual and minority rights anywhere in the world. Alone among African states, South Africa permits gay marriage, though much of the population remains homophobic.