On May 10, 1994, the world descended on Pretoria for the inauguration of South Africa’s first black president.
Among the heads of state and celebrities was a man in the US delegation who broadcasters could not place.
But Anthony O’Reilly, former chief executive of Independent News & Media, recognised him. It was a butler in his employ, Mandela had stayed at the O’Reilly house in the Bahamas in 1993 after an exhausting trip to the US.
At his inauguration in May 1994, O’Reilly was happily surprised to see his butler John Cartwright at the ceremony.
As he wrote at the time of Mandela’s death: “We saw the American delegation: first was Hillary Rodham Clinton, second was Al Gore... and third was John, the butler.
“The appreciably nonplussed CBS commentator was saying: ‘And the third person is... well, he must be one of our African ambassadors.’
“‘Good heavens, John!’ we all thought.”