Jessie Duarte

Sunday Times - - Insight Looking Back -

Duarte served as a spe­cial as­sis­tant to Man­dela from 1990 to 1994

I re­mem­ber that mo­ment alone, the hour be­fore he made the in­au­gu­ra­tion speech, just alone, by him­self in that room . . . [that’s] when I thought it fi­nally hit home, that they’ve achieved it, they’ve come this far, they’ve got to this point, some­thing that had eluded them for 27 years, that took a hard fight, that many peo­ple had died for. I’ve never seen Madiba sit­ting that qui­etly, he al­ways fid­geted a bit, but there was that mo­ment.

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