- Posted December 8, 2013 by
Cape Town, South Africa
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nelson Mandela: Your memories
Mandela's First Night of Freedom - with Archbishop Tutu
The highlight of that ministry was to be part of a small group of people to welcome Mandela to the Arch's residence, Bishopscourt on the night of his release from prison,
The thing that I most remember about Mandela that evening was his sheer graciousness.
About 20 of us, including Kathy my wife, who also played a significant role in the townships, were seated in the Arch's small private lounge when Mandela was ushered in. After he shook hands with all of us, Kathy took a tray of soft drinks around to those gathered there. Before she got to Mandela, he stood up and took the tray from her hands and offered her a drink. He then commanded her to sit down and he proceeded to take the tray around.
The following morning I took the attached photo at Bishopscourt.
Mandela exuded authority coupled with graciousness - a rare combination.