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.