(W) Lewis Helfand (A/CA) Sankha Banerjee. In 1948, justice and equality were outlawed in the country of South Africa. The people needed one voice to speak up when the world fell silent. They needed one leader to stand up when the world looked away. One man answered that call; one man who sacrificed his own future for the future of his people and transformed a nation. Nelson Mandela focuses on the man as a positive leader and the face of change in South Africa.