The negotiated settlement allowed white South Africans to continue to benefit. Isn’t it time they showed some gratitude for what Madiba did? Then suddenly, Mandela broke away from them and made a beeline for a lone white policeman who was standing guard in the sun. A few of us journalists followed him and eavesdropped on the conversation with the shell-shocked cop. Mandela asked him about his family, his career, his pay and his general wellbeing.