It was before the local government elections in Mitchells Plain, in 1996. Mr Mandela was in the area to talk about the elections and listen to people’s concerns about their houses. I heard he was going to be there so I went to see him and hear him speak. All my life I had wanted to meet this man. I was standing there and Mr Mandela was on his way to look at one of the houses. I was just fortunate to be standing in his path. Here was Mr Mandela coming towards me! I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know how to speak. All I could say was a timid, “Hello Mr Mandela”. And he shook my hand. To me, as a strong ANC supporter, here was the man who was in charge of the positive change in our country. I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. He went into the house, had a chat with the people and was shown around. He made me feel that he was one of us, a normal person like you and me and everyone else. He did not come as a President. He was humble beyond anything I have ever experienced in my life. Later I was very fortunate to have been invited to a state function where I was photographed with him. He signed three of the photographs, and a children’s book for my grandchildren.
Quote: "He was one of us, a normal person like you and me and everyone else."