Happy Birthday Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, happy birthday!


I was thinking about how, in my final year of varsity (1986), my best friend and I stood on Camps Bay beach for whites only. It was the time of the State of Emergency and it was particularly chaotic for us students. My best friend had a button pin badge of Madiba’s face and I had one in ANC colours, with the shield and spear logo. At the time all images of Mandela and anything to do with the ANC were banned and you could be arrested for having them.

That’s what I was thinking about this morning. I wish you a very happy day Mr Mandela.