Bob Ni­cholls

Sunday Times - - Insight Looking Back -

Ni­cholls worked as a se­cu­rity ad­viser and in­struc­tor for Man­dela be­tween 1992 and 1994

I re­mem­ber that night be­fore he went to bed on his first night as pres­i­dent, Madiba in­sisted on thank­ing all the mem­bers of his se­cu­rity team. It blew my mind that af­ter such a long day he still found time to shake each per­son by the hand and to thank them per­son­ally. He no­ticed that one mem­ber of his se­cu­rity team, the man who drove his car, was not there. He said, “I would like to thank him too.” So we found him. I think he was asleep in the car as he had been up since 4am. We woke him and brought him to the pres­i­dent.

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