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I HAVE a pic­ture of him on my man­tel­piece. There is one also in my of­fice. It is one of my most mem­o­rable mo­ments of gov­ern­ment ser­vice. A young man and the Great Madiba.

Many boast of hav­ing seen him in a mo­tor­cade when he vis­ited Malaysia in the 1990s, many claim to have his au­to­graphed Long Walk To Free­dom book, and many are just grate­ful for be­ing in the same meet­ing room as him.

His aura, per­son­al­ity and mag­na­nim­ity blan­keted the suf­fer­ing, ha­tred, prej­u­dice and big­otry etched in the stones he broke on Robben Is­land.

Many re­mem­ber the day he walked out of prison, the day he held his hands high and wel­comed the rays of free­dom. Com­pas­sion, for­give­ness and hu­mil­ity were in­tro­duced to the world in the shape of a man called Nel­son Man­dela. Many shed a tear when he was pre­sented with the No­bel Peace Prize in 1999. The scars

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