Sam Nwa­musi

Sunday Times - - Insight Looking Back -

Nwa­musi was an Umkhonto weSizwe op­er­a­tive who re­turned to South Africa in 1993 and led an un­der­ground team to pro­vide and as­sess pro­tec­tion at Man­dela’s ral­lies

I re­mem­ber one morn­ing he handed me the car keys, know­ing that it was not my job to drive him, and in­sisted that I must take him “home”. I made a mis­take be­cause now that he was the pres­i­dent he was not al­lowed to be driven any­where alone. He was so de­mand­ing that I felt obliged to drive him, for the first time. I thought he wanted to go to his house in Houghton but found out when we got there that he wanted to go to Soweto to see the fam­ily of a friend of his from the PAC who had passed away. The other group of pro­tec­tors mean­while went to the Pres­i­den­tial Guest House in Pre­to­ria to find that Madiba was not there. My com­man­der was very an­gry with me. He shouted at me and even at Madiba.

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