Sam Shit­la­bane

Sunday Times - - Insight Looking Back -

Shit­la­bane was an Umkhonto weSizwe op­er­a­tive who in 1992 joined the ANC team to pro­tect Man­dela

We were in Morocco for a hol­i­day and he was with Aunt Graça. He called me and said, “Man, I want you to go and buy me Moët & Chan­don cham­pagne.” I didn’t even know this Moët & Chan­don and he had to spell it. He then gave me ten thou­sand US dol­lars. I think I must have used a hun­dred and some­thing. I came back and I said, “Tata, this thing is not ex­pen­sive. Here’s nine thou­sand and some­thing US dol­lars.” He said, “Wow. I didn’t know. Gee whiz.”

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