Madiba tribute: Eddie Daniels

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Former activist Eddie Daniels pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.

ACTIVIST WHO WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS ON ROBBEN ISLAND

When Mr Mandela’s son [Thembekile] was killed [in 1969] he was called to the office and informed that he’d been killed in a motor accident. When he came back into the yard you could immediately see he was down, the way he walked. He came down the ramp and walked into his cell. The atmosphere was such that Mr [Walter] Sisulu was the appropriate person and went in and Mr Mandela told him what had happened and he knelt down next to Mr Mandela and held his hand and comforted him. Then he came out and told us and we would go in, one by one, and sympathise with him.

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