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