My name is Elias. I am a poor black worker in ___ ___.The time ____I first met Nelson Mandela was a very difficult ____of my life. I was twelve years old. It was in 1952 and Mandela was the b
lack ___ to ___I went ___ advice. He offered ___to poor black people ____their ___ problems. He was ___ ___his time, ___which I was ___.
I needed his help because I had very little __. I began school __six. The school __I studied for only two years was three kilometres __. I had to __because my family could not continue __ __the school __and the bus ___. I could not read __write well. After __hard, I got a job in a gold mine. __, this was __ time __one had got to have a passbook __ __ in Johannesburg. __ I didn’t have __because I was not born there, and I worried about __I would become __ __ __.
The day __Nelson Mandela helped me was one of my __. He told me how __ __ the correct papers __I could stay in Johannesburg. I became more ___about my future. I never forgot __kind Mandela was. When he ___the ANC __ __, I __it __ __ __ I could. He said: The __thirty years __ __ the ___number of laws __our rights and __, until today we have reached a stage __ we have almost no rights __ __.
It was the __. Black people could not __or choose their leaders .They could not get the jobs __ __. The parts of town __ __ they had to live were decided __white people. The places outside the towns__ they were__ to live were the __ parts of South Africa. No one could grow food there.
In fact __Nelson said: We were __ into a position __we had __ to accept we were __important, __ fight the government. We chose to ___the laws. We first __the law in a way ___was peaceful, when this was not ____...Only then __we decide to __ __ with __.
__ __ __ __ __,I don’t like __...but in 1963 I helped him __ __ some government buildings. It was very dangerous because __I was __ I could be put in __. __I was happy to help __ I knew it would help us __ our dream of __ black people and white people __.