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As Man­dela was con­tem­plat­ing his free­dom, the ques­tion arose of how he should spend his first night.

He wanted to spend it on the Cape Flats in “or­der to show his sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple”, as he wrote in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

How­ever, due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, he was con­vinced to spend it at the res­i­dence of Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu in Bish­op­scourt.

“This is not an area where I would have been per­mit­ted to live be­fore I went to prison and I thought it would send the wrong sig­nal,” he wrote.

But he was per­suaded in part by the fact that Bish­op­scourt had be­come multi-racial since he went to jail.

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