Tears and hope as we bid farewell

2013-12-16 00:00

A SENIOR Pietermaritzburg policeman sagged, weeping, into my arms as the lone jet broke from the fighter formation above Mandela’s grave.

One of a heavy brigade of KwaZulu-Natal police and paramedics in Qunu, Mkhwanazi — nephew of Don Mkhwanazi, the co-founder of the Friends of Jacob Zuma — managed to get these words out, “Ahmed Kathrada’s words at the funeral were so powerful, and the guns … the sound of the guns made me realise this is history, man — my history.’

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