‘Privileged to be in SA at this time’

2013-12-13 00:00

ANTHONY Mpolokoso of Zambia was a student in 1990 when Nelson Mandela visited his country shortly after his release from prison. Mpolokoso had made a poster saying “welcome” and as Mandela walked past him he shook his hand.

Yesterday, he was standing at the Mandela Capture site with a sense of disbelief that he was in South Africa in the week of Mandela’s funeral.

Mpolokoso was part of a delegation of 20 members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) that were in KZN this week for a development training course. All the delegates spoke about feeling especially privileged to be in SA in the week of Mandela’s funeral.

Lucy Edmond, who works in the Tanzania National Assembly, was born and grew up in Morogoro where the ANC had its overseas headquarters. She said being at the capture site felt spiritual.

The delegates are leaving tomorrow and will not be able to attend Mandela’s funeral. They have their memories of their candle-lighting at the capture site to take back home. Edwin Iguodala, clerk of committees in the Nigerian National Assembly, said that Africa was mourning a great son of its soil.

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