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Memories of Mandela

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 December 2013

Hear from some of the BBC correspondents who witnessed how Nelson Mandela changed South Africa.

Fergal Keane remembers a moment when the country seemed to teeter on the brink of terrible violence, yet "Madiba" called for calm, and got it. Milton Nkosi reminisces about growing up near the Mandela family home in Orlando West, Soweto during the 1970s. John Simpson recalls "apartheid's high-water mark" during the late 1970s, when Mandela's public profile and influence were low. Hamilton Wende explores how - and why - white South Africans like him were kept ill-informed about the ANC and its leader for so long. And James Robbins, on the spot when Mandela finally walked free from prison, explains how his jailers were the real captives - of their own intransigence.

Producer: Michael Wendling. Presenter: Pascale Harter
Photo: Nelson Mandela, Credit: Hamish Blair/Liaison


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