The following people, who had previously supported apartheid, apologized publicly: did you already know? ANC leader Nelson Mandela, released from prison in February 1990, worked closely with the government of President F.W. de Klerk to draft a new constitution for South Africa. After making concessions, the two sides agreed in 1993 and would share the Nobel Peace Prize this year for their efforts. The Lebanese population was a kind of anomaly during apartheid. Lebanese immigration to South Africa was predominantly Christian and the group was initially classified as non-white; However, a court proceeding in 1913 ruled that Lebanese and Syrians, originally from the Canaan region (birthplace of Christianity and Judaism), could not be discriminated against by racial laws targeting infidels and therefore classified as white.