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Mandela celebrates 20th year out of prison

Nelson Mandela, with his family and friends, toasts the 20th anniversary of his prison release.
Nelson Mandela, with his family and friends, toasts the 20th anniversary of his prison release.
Debbie Yazbek, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, fellow veterans of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and family have raised glasses of bubbly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison.

Mandela was released Feb. 11, 1990, after 27 years in prison, most of it spent on Cape Town's Robben Island. In video released from a celebration at his Johannesburg home Thursday, Cyril Ramaphosa, an ANC leader who helped organize Mandela's welcome two decades ago, proposes a toast in which he says that Mandela remains an inspiration and that the sacrifices he made would never be forgotten.

Mandela, who turns 92 on July 18, has largely retired from public life.