I was a police reservist when Mandela became President.
Pavarotti hosted a concert at Loftus in Pretoria.
Just before the end of the show, Mandela left the
presidential box. He came out the doors to his car and unlike other high
profile people, he stopped and greeted a couple of police officers by hand and
with a very sincere smile and look on his face thanked us for the service to
What a great man…
Danie van Antwerpen
I met Tata Nelson Mandela in 2004 on the 27th of April when
the country was celebrating the ten years of Democracy, I had the chance to
hold his hand.
I will cherish that moment forever with the rest of the
children whom where there to meet him.
P P Kotoloane
In 1990 he addressed us as students at UWC. I went to
parliament in 1995 saw him in the garden and I just went directly to him. He
allowed me and extended his hand which I shook.
What a great leader!
My name is Nathi from Mthatha and I was once honoured to
meet Tata' Madiba at one of the schools in a small town called Mqanduli.
He came to the school along with Oprah Winfrey to give the
less fortunate rural kids gifts such as sneakers, school bags, Levi's jeans, stationery
Sir Mandela will always be respected by so many in SA but
especially EC because it's one of the poorest provinces but has an ability to
produce the most respected icons worldwide.
May the God of Mthatha rest in peace knowing that he touched
so many hearts.
News24 User Nathi
I cherish the first time I saw the former President back in
person in 1997 at Dalindyebo High School.
I first saw Madiba in 1995 when he visited Mmabatho.
It was an overwhelming experience to be in his presence.
He even gave me the opportunity to take a picture of him
with my small camera as he smiled at all of us.
I will miss him as I miss my departed father who was a
follower of his ways and ideals.
Thank you Tata for loving us so much.
I met him in 1998 at Wits, it was a Saturday morning. I shook
his hand the man was tall - it was the best day of my life.
I worked for a furniture store when he walked in with all
his bodygaurds to buy furniture for his home in Qunu, what a privilige to sit
next to him and listen to him.
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