Madiba tribute: Iqbal Meer

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Iqbal Meer pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.


He has this capacity to reconcile factions and get them together. For instance, although [Zulu] Chief [Mangosuthu] Buthelezi’s Inkatha [Freedom] party had fought with the ANC and felt the ANC treated him very badly, Mandela brought him into government. When the president leaves the country you have to appoint an acting president – and who does he appoint? Buthelezi! Even if it was only for 48 hours, Buthelezi had real power. Who else would have thought of it? It was a masterstroke!

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Extracted from Mandela: The Authorised Portrait 

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