Madiba tribute: Joel Joffe

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Rivonia trial lawyer Joel Joffe's tribute to Nelson Mandela.

DEFENCE LAWYER AT THE RIVONIA TRIAL

All the other accused were dressed in their normal clothes [as they prepared their defence for the Rivonia Treason Trial] but Mandela was dressed in black prisoner’s garb; yet despite this he immediately took command and everybody deferred to him.
'There was no need for him to pretend – he was the leader.'

You could see the charisma and immense authority this man exuded. I felt very respectful. You just recognised this was somebody extraordinary. There was no need for him to pretend – he was the leader.

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