However, his life changes when the Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo takes him up to his Great Place to become a royal ward.
His father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.
Raised by Jongintaba
and his wife alongside their son Justice and daughter Nomafu, Mandela felt that they treated him as their son, but would not see his mother for many years.
father's death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba
at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni.
Hearing the elder's stories of his
ancestor's valour during the wars of resistance against the British, he
dreamed also of making his
own contribution to the freedom struggle of his