The Guardian featured an excerpt from Anthony Sampson’s memoire, regarding his relationship with Madiba and his observations of the regime change in South Africa. Instead of braais and biltong, this is what South Africans should remember on Heritage Day.
I love this story Anthony Sampson related about Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The guerrilla leader Joe Modise was now minister of defence; the ex-head of the Communist Party, Joe Slovo, was minister of housing. Parliament was transformed from an Afrikaner stronghold into a multiracial assembly full of bright tribal costumes. ‘I love this dream,’ said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. ‘You sit in the balcony and look down and count all the terrorists. They are all sitting there passing laws. It is incredible.’
To think many people around the world thought the regime change would be a disaster and that SA would go the way of so many other African countries like Ghana, Kenya and Uganda (and now Zimbabwe). How far we’ve come, from the days when toffs like Margaret Thatcher called freedom-fighters like Mandela “terrorists”.