Madiba tribute: Fikile Bam

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Former activist and judge Fikile Bam pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.

ACTIVIST, FORMER JUDGE, DIED IN 2011

I share a birthday with Nelson Mandela, something we discovered quite by accident in prison in 1964. Subsequent to that, every year on 18 July Madiba would give me a birthday present. Sometimes it would be a book, sometimes a packet of biscuits or chocolates. We were allowed to buy these things only over Christmas and he would keep his until 18 July. By that time, of course, I would have squandered all of mine so I never had anything to reciprocate with!

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