A mourner holds the official memorial program.
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Even as effusive praise has continued to pour in for Mandela and his legacy, there has been criticism as well, especially from Republicans and conservatives across the country. To many of them, Mandela was a “terrorist” because his African National Congress (ANC) waged armed resistance against apartheid, a system of racial segregation in South Africa. The white-majority National Party (NP) enforced apartheid through legislation from 1948 to 1994, under which the rights of the majority South Africans were curtailed.